LPB to air Jindal’s Legislature address

Louisiana Public Broadcasting will provide live statewide coverage of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s opening address to the joint session of the Legislature at 1 p.m. Monday.

The address will air on LPBHD and WLAE-TV32 in New Orleans.

“Louisiana: The State We’re In” cohost Shauna Sanford will anchor LPB’s coverage with analysis provided by Public Affairs Research Council President/CEO Robert Travis Scott.

In his address, Jindal is expected to discuss his proposal to drop the state’s income and corporate taxes and increase the sales tax.

Monday also marks the beginning of live coverage of the Legislature on LaTV. In this partnership, LPB, the Legislature and the Louisiana Cable Telecommunications Association, called LCTA, join forces to provide live coverage of the Legislature weekdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Check the cable provider in your area to see if they are carrying LaTV.

The Louisiana House and Senate shoot the proceedings, LPB uplinks the coverage around the state and the LCTA signs up its members to carry the coverage.

Kleckley oversees 1812 flag hanging

Louisiana House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, a Republican from Lake Charles, oversaw the hanging of an 18-star American flag in the State Capitol breezeway on Wednesday.

The hand-sewn flag with the customary 13 stripes commemorates Louisiana’s joining the union on April 30, 1812, as the 18th state.

This particular cotton flag came with a notarized letter from a woman named Jennie Wood, who described how the flag was stitched by the sailors of the USS Constitution. The letter further states the “flag had come down to her from her mother’s side of the family.”

Higher ed head laughs off firing talk

State Commissioner of Higher Education Jim Purcell and members of the state’s House Appropriations Committee made light of the talk going around the State Capitol recently that Gov. Bobby Jindal is trying to get Purcell fired.

Late last month, a group of Republican state representatives accused the governor’s office of working behind the scenes to get members of the Louisiana Board of Regents, the state’s higher education policy board, to fire Purcell.

Purcell apparently found himself on the hot seat for speaking out against the governor’s proposed budget for next year.

After a tough line of questioning during the appropriations meeting Thursday, state Rep. John Schroder, R-Covington, excused Purcell from answering further questions.

“I certainly don’t want to get you in more trouble than it sounds like you’re in,” Schroder said.

Later, Purcell told legislators that he plans “to be here for awhile,” before pausing and adding, “If all goes well.”

Legislative sessions unending for speaker

Louisiana House members plan to work four days this week for the start of the legislative session.

On Tuesday, Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Johnson will address a joint session of the Legislature.

Committee meetings fill the rest of the week.

“People ask me, ‘Are you thankful for session to start?’” House Speaker Chuck Kleckley said recently.

Kleckley, R-Lake Charles, said he never got a break between last year’s session and this one. The governor unveiled his tax package weeks ago.

“My session never ended,” Kleckley said.

Jindal announces board appointees

Gov. Bobby Jindal announced a round of new appointments to various boards and commissions late Friday. Among them are:

  • James “Jim” Besselman, of Metairie, and Frank Quinn, of Jefferson, to the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority. Besselman is owner and president of Ernst Cafe and principal owner of an insurance agency. Quinn is general manager of the Riverwalk Marketplace in downtown New Orleans.
  • Kathryn Bedenbaugh, of Hammond, and Clifton Murphy, of Baton Rouge, to the State Parks and Recreation Commission. Both are reappointments. Bedenbaugh is a businesswoman. Murphy is a former regional chief sanitarian for the state Department of Health and Hospitals.
  • Leo Hamilton, of Baton Rouge, to the Louisiana Public Defender Board. Hamilton, a lawyer, is being reappointed.

Landrieu to address Final Four pep rally

U.S. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., will address a 1:30 p.m. pep rally Sunday at the NCAA 2013 Women’s Final Four at “Tourney Town” outside the New Orleans Arena on Girod Street.

On Monday, she is scheduled to speak at 9 a.m. for Groundbreaking Ceremony of the New Orleans Military & Maritime Academy, 425 O’Bannon St., in Federal City.

Known as NOMMA, the academy is the nation’s only open enrollment charter high school with a Marine Corps Junior ROTC focus.

Cassidy to attend Capitol pro-gun rally

On Monday, Defend Louisiana will host a rally on the steps of the Louisiana State Capitol.

U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, and Louisiana House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, R-Lake Charles, are attending a pro-gun rally on the State Capitol steps Monday at 4 p.m.

Organized by Defend Louisiana, the rally “will highlight the liberal reactions to gun violence” as well as possible legislation the group may want to opposed.

No Press Club meeting Monday

The Baton Rouge Press Club will not meet Mon-daybecause the legislative session starts on that day.

The Press Club will meet again on April 15.

Inspector general meeting Thursday

The Bureau of Governmental Research is hosting a breakfast from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursday to discuss the issues surrounding the creation of an Office of Inspector General in St. Tammany Parish.

Edouard Quatrevaux, inspector general for New Orleans, and David McClintock, inspector general for Baltimore and future inspector general of Jefferson Parish, will lead the discussion.

The event takes place at the Courtyard New Orleans Covington/Mandeville, 101 Northpark Blvd., Covington.

Reservations are required. RSVP by calling (504) 525-4152, ext. 108.

Compiled by the Capitol news bureau. Contact email is cnb@theadvocate.com