Just Talkin’ Lagniappe for July 10, 2021

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JT got a call Thursday night from a very surprised John Richmond. He was surprised to read in JT’s column Thursday that his name has been thrown around to be in the running for Rep. Kenny Cox’s seat. Cox is term limited. John said it was news to him and he has no aspirations to seek a legislative seat. He said not only was there a very long commute involved but a larger headache as well. “No thanks,” he laughed.

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Natchitoches Wood

We should know this weekend or early next week if the legislature will have the votes to call themselves into a “veto” session. But those who are supposedly in the know, say it’s happening. Word is that the veto session will begin Tuesday, July 20, and it will last two or three days. The bills to be front and center are the transgender girls’ sports bill and the constitutional carry bill. However; any of the 28 items the Governor vetoed are fair game. There are about a half dozen bills dealing with elections and they too could get some attention As one former legislator told JT, if they don’t have the override votes on those key issues there will not be a veto session. You can be assured that lots and lots of phone calls and emails have been flying back and forth since the vetoes were announced gauging legislator’s inclinations. So basically, the Senate and House leadership will actually know in advance if they have the votes to overturn one or both of the key issues. It appears that outside interests really want the veto session. JT got a call earlier this week asking if the group could add his name to a list they are compiling to send Senator Louie Bernard seeking his vote for a veto session.

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Speaking of the “conceal carry” bill, JT heard from a person in law enforcement that said places where guns are not allowed on the premises now are still covered. He was told if a business did not want guns brought into their offices or store, they would be required to post notices on their doors and/or windows stating firearms are not allowed.

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JT was reading where Houma in the site of a new movie with Reese Witherspoon. The movie is “Where the Crawdads Sing” and is an adaptation of the award-winning novel by Delia Owens. The story is about a lonely marsh girl raised by the native land due to family abandonment who becomes the prime suspect in the murder case of a local man she was once involved with. JT doesn’t read a lot of fiction or mystery, but he thinks this book is going to be added to his list of reads. Hopefully, it’s not as thick as the 1,000 or so pager on Winston Churchill former Sen. Don Kelly was telling him about.

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