One of the most important objectives of our Chamber is to serve as the “Voice of Business,” dedicating resources not only to promoting and supporting business development, but also to representing our business community at local, state and federal levels. Our Governmental Affairs Committee is the working group of this operation.
The committee, this year under the leadership of chair Tom Meyer of Benefit Planning Group, keeps a watchful eye on the big picture when it comes to Louisiana politics and notifies the Chamber Board when a specific position needs to be taken. They monitor business-related legislation at the local, state, and federal levels and gauge its possible effects on the business community. This committee also offers members a unique opportunity to meet with elected officials who are often guest speakers at meetings, and this year has held several “state of” breakfasts.
This month they will host a “State of the Judicial System” breakfast featuring Judge Peter Garcia. Judge Garcia was elected to Division “D” of the Twenty-Second Judicial Court for the Parishes of St. Tammany and Washington in the fall of 1996 and re-elected without opposition in the Fall of 2002, and again in 2008. Judge Garcia started one of the first drug courts in the State of Louisiana in 1998. In 2002, the 22nd Judicial District Drug Court was named one of 16 mentor courts to train courts across the country in the implementation of drug courts. Judge Garcia will be discussing the state of the Judicial Court and the issues that face St. Tammany Parish on a daily basis.
Sponsored by Humana, the breakfast will be held Thursday, May 19, at Clarion Inn and Suites Conference Center, 601 N. Highway 190 in Covington. Doors and registration will open at 7:30 am and the presentation will begin at 8:00 am. The cost to attend this members-only breakfast is $20 and seating is limited. Reservations can be made online or by calling 985-892-3216.