The Bastrop-Morehouse Chamber of Commerce's upcoming Legislative Luncheon will give area representatives a “wonderful opportunity” to keep their constituents apprised of government happenings, according to District 16 Representative Katrina Jackson.
“I think it's always important to keep the public informed about what we're doing in Baton Rouge,” she said.
Jackson will speak and take questions from the audience along with District 33 Sen. Mike Walsworth, District 19 Rep. Charles “Bubba” Chaney and District 14 Rep. Jay Morris, at the catered luncheon slated for July 19 at the Bastrop Visitor Center.
Jackson said she plans to speak at the luncheon about legislative accomplishments that have pertained to economic development.
“The Chamber of Commerce has worked really hard to bring opportunities to the community,” she said. “As businesses grow, the community grows. But the luncheon is not just for business people, it's for everyone in the community.”
Chamber director Dorothy Ford said this will be the fourth year for the annual event.
“This is will give the public the chance to get an update and more information about bills passed in the last legislative session,” said Ford. “I think this year's [luncheon] will be one of the more popular because [recent education reform legislation] has been such a hot topic for everyone.”
Ford said that lunch will be served first, and during the meal each representative will have 10-15 minutes to speak before all will take questions from the attendants. This year's event will differ from past luncheons in having four legislators as guests, due to redistricting last year which added a representative to Morehouse Parish's state delegation.
“Usually, the legislators stay afterward and talk to the public one-on-one,” said Ford. “I think that's important, bringing our elected officials to us and giving citizens the chance to meet them in person.”
The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 19 at the Visitor Center. Tickets are $10 apiece for Chamber members and $12 apiece for non-Chamber members. The deadline for purchasing tickets – which are available at the Chamber office, 110 N. Franklin St., Bastrop – is 9 a.m. July 16.
The luncheon is being sponsored by Christmas Realty, Delta Healthcare Management and Morehouse Community Medical Center.
Ford said the Chamber is looking forward to more events, such as inviting Governor Bobby Jindal and La. Fish & Wildlife Secretary Robert Barham to speak later this year.