BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser is presiding over his first conference as Chairman of the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA). Lt. Governor Nungesser is leading the group’s 2019 Business Meeting in Kansas City, MO, starting today through Friday, December 6. During the meeting, nationally-recognized experts will address Lt. Governors and association members from around the country on a variety of topics to enrich collaborative partnerships among the nation’s seconds-in-command who share many similar issues to those facing in Louisiana in 2020.
“It is an honor to chair this outstanding organization of leaders from each state and territory who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience on ways we can work across state and party lines to improve our quality of life,” said Lt. Governor Nungesser, adding “our friendships and partnerships provide new insights and solutions to difficult issues impacting all states, including Louisiana.”
At the 2019 Annual Meeting in Delaware over the summer, the NLGA unanimously approved a resolution introduced by Lt. Governor Nungesser calling for additional inspections of foreign seafood, both at the time of harvest and upon entry to the United States. The resolution calls for a fee of between 5-10 cents per pound on imported seafood, collected and used to hire additional inspectors to ensure the safety of the foreign seafood. This resolution initiated nationwide conversations with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to more closely scrutinize the FDA’s foreign seafood inspection processes of only 2% of imports and created viable funding to improve seafood safety and quality. Growing demand for seafood has increased annually. Currently 13 countries provide over 6 billion pounds of foreign seafood to the U.S. market, valued at more than $21 billion. Many foreign exporters have lower food safety standards, causing national concern over contamination and long-term health issues for consumers.
Included in this week’s meeting, Missouri Governor Mike Parson will share insights on always being prepared to succeed and highlight Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG), a state-based national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing dropouts among young people who have serious barriers to graduation and/or employment. Alabama Lt. Governor Will Ainsworth will explain the Lieutenant Governor’s 21st Century Workforce Development Commission, which looks to enhance workforce development through K-12 schools, as well as community colleges. And, Kauffman Foundation Entrepreneur Vice President Victor Hwang and Rhode Island Lt. Governor Dan McKee will share details on a non‐profit program to advance entrepreneurship, education, and civic development.
Members will also hear from Kansas Lt. Governor Lynn Rogers on her state’s formation of a new Office of Rural Prosperity which is tasked with fostering new ways to help rural communities through a blueprint including developing rural housing, revitalizing Main Street corridors, and incentivizing active tourism.
Additionally, Carnegie Mellon University Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering Christ Hendrickson will lead a panel discussion on the renewal of the interstate system throughout the country, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization measure, and reserving cellular space for transportation technologies and safety.