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Lawrence Chehardy

Mr. Chehardy is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Jefferson Parish Bar Association, and is a member of the Chehardy, Sherman Law Firm. He has been the Jefferson Parish Assessor since January 1, 1977.

His memberships include the International Association of Assessing Officers, the International Institute of Public Appraisers and the Louisiana Assessors’ Association, where he has served as Treasurer, Vice-President and President. He is both a Registered Public Appraiser and a Certified Louisiana Assessor.

Mr. Chehardy – who has served on a number of governmental and legislative commissions – is an advocate of state and local government spending reform, and a leading proponent of the $75,000 homestead exemption. He has been an outspoken proponent of property tax reform legislation aimed at protecting senior citizens from higher property taxes caused by inflation and escalating property values. He also advocates the indexing of local property rates to inflation, and the right of local voters to approve local tax increases.

Recently, Mr. Chehardy drafted and helped push through the legislature a constitutional amendment guaranteeing that the homestead exemption to deserving homeowners, such as surviving spouses.

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08/16 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference (encore)

What difference has a decade made?

Due to severe flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities, the recording of “Black & The Blue,” which was to be the August episode of Louisiana Public Square, was cancelled. Instead we will be broadcasting an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference.” More information, including broadcast dates and times, is below.

“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference”
Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.
What affect did the storms have on economic development along the I-10 corridor? Just over a decade later, how have public services changed? How prepared is Louisiana to handle hurricane evacuees? And how did the hurricanes change the demographics of the state?
This month Louisiana Public Square takes a look at where the state is now on an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” airing Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 11 a.m. on LPB HD.

The panelists are:
· Andy Kopplin, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
· Paul Rainwater, Rainwater Consulting, LLC
· Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
· Nihal Shrinath, The Data Center

The program includes interviews with Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana; Chris Guilbeaux, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP); Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center; John White, State Superintendent of Education; and Christopher Bohnstengel and “Byrdie” Lane, owners of Byrdie’s Gallery and Café in New Orleans.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Kim Hunter Reed,Ph.D., who served in the Blanco administration during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, moderate the discussion.
“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” will also air in New Orleans, on WLAE. It can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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