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How is the Acadiana Delegation helping the people in Acadiana?

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Delegation that started in 1971 still strong influence for our area in Baton Rouge

Friday, May 16, 2014 - 7:56am

We've reported quite a bit about the legislative session, slated to wrap up on June 2, and lawmakers from across the state have been working to get their bills passed.  You may not know, a group of legislators have been focusing specifically on helping us out in Acadiana.  They call themselves the Acadiana Delegation.  It's nearly fifty lawmakers, crossing party lines for us and much of south Louisiana.

"The local legislators from Acadiana felt like okay we come together we join forces and form an official delegation we can really be a force to be reckoned with," says Mike Michot, former Senator and member of Acadiana Delegation.

Lawmakers formed the Acadiana Delegation in 1971 with the idea that they could work together on projects and legislation that would benefit our area.

"It's good, I mean we all get along, it's about as good a situation it's been in the ten years I've been there," says Representative Joel Robicheaux.

This year they've focused their efforts on three main issues.  They want funding for the Acadiana Crime Lab and CODOFIL and French Immersion programs.  Plus, they're hoping to help get the ball rolling on I-49 South.

"We are really busy in this legislative session, but the delegation has a great group of men that work cohesively to ensure that our region gets it's positive things that we need," says Representative Vincent Pierre, Chairman of Acadiana Delegation.

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