First time senator speaks candidly about goals, concerns and opportunities

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Bernard named to Committee on Insurance

By Natchitoches Times Staff

Senator Louie Bernard, R, of Natchitoches has taken his oath of office and his journey into the world of the Louisiana Legislature has begun. Bernard represents the six parishes of­ District 31 that includes all or parts of Natchitoches, Sabine, Red River, Winn, Grant and Rapides parishes.

Bernard was named co-chair of the Committee on Insurance, which is among the 17 standing committees in the Legislature. The chair is Sen. Kirk Talbot, R-River Ridge. Republican La. Senate President Page Cortez of Lafayette announced the list of men and women who address issues from taxes to the State budget.

“… I became acutely aware of the concerns many folks have with state government and how we can be better stewards of the tax dollars we are sending to Baton Rouge,” Bernard said when he announced his candidacy.

Still aware of those concerns, he addresses many when he answered questions from the Times staff pertaining to his first term in office at the state level.

Times: What’s the first thing you will do when you get to the Legislature?

Bernard: I think it is critically important to get to know those legislators with whom I will be working on the issues that confront Louisiana. Developing solid working relationships with each of these men and women will play a key role in the success we have.

Times: Describe the meetings, training sessions, etc., you have been to since your election. When does the first session begin? What are your duties when the Legislature is not in session?

Bernard: The 2020 Regular Legislative Session begins …..

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