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August 29, 2014
Louisiana State Senator Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge (and candidate
for the 6th Congressional District of Louisiana), agrees to be interviewed
by Louisiana Voice Reporter Robert Burns on
Friday, August 29, 2014 regarding the controversial
"Edmonson Amendment" (SB-294,
or Act 859 of the LA 2014 Legislative Session).
CLICK HERE to see Sen. Claitor's email to LSPRB Executive Director
Irwin Felps, Jr. and the LSPRB Members echoing LA Treasurer
Kennedy's opposition to suppressing public comment (see below) and
encouraging the Board to stream the meeting live over the internet.
Other noteworthy events in the days leading up to August 29, 2014 included reports that LSPRB Member Charles Dupuy who, as revealed in Act VI of this play, benefited to the tune of a $122,000/year retirement pension (compliments of Col. Edmonson, whose pension absent Act 859 will be 35% less than Dupuy's) referencing C. B. Forgotston and Tom Aswell as "idiots," and "assholes." Apparently, transparency tends to get under the skin of quite a few folk at LSP Headquarters as evidenced in Act II of this play (see very bottom), wherein LSP Cpt. Jason Starnes expressed disdain for Robert Burns for his videotaping the LSPRB meeting of 7/16/14.
Yet more noteworthy and bizarre circumstances leading up to the much-anticipated September 4, 2014 LSPRB meeting was a decision by the LSPRB that public comment would be limited to a maximum of two (2) minutes per person and not more than 30 minutes TOTAL would be devoted to public discussion of this whole scandal. As a result of such dogmatic suppression of the public's right to weigh in on the matter, LSPRB Member (and LA State Treasurer) John Kennedy expresses his displeasure with that revelation. Soon thereafter, State Sen. Dan Claitor (see above) sent an email echoing those sentiments. Also, C. B. Forgotston sent an email relaying his displeasure and admonishing the Board that they were in violation of Louisiana's Open Meetings Laws. Having received all of Mr. Forgotston's emails on the subject, Robert Burns sent this email making it crystal clear the Board would be in violation of LA R. S. 42:14(D) if it proceeds with the meeting as stated and demonstrating his firm resolve to sue the LSPRB Membership if they follow through with their plan to curtail public comment. Mr. Burns provided extensive links to past lawsuits he has filed entailing LA's Open Meetings Laws and the Louisiana Auctioneer Licensing Board.
Lastly, in anticipation of a significantly larger crowd of interested parties and media for the Board Meeting, the Board wisely chose to change the venue. The meeting is now scheduled for 3:00 p.m., Thursday, September 4, 2014 at the 4th floor conference room of the LASERS Retirement Building, located at 4501 United Plaza Boulevard in Baton Rouge.