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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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     02/17 - Black & the Blue

What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve?
Last year’s shooting of an African-American male in Baton Rouge by two white police officers re-ignited a national debate on how law enforcement interacts with minority communities. Nationwide demonstrations were ultimately marred by the targeted ambush of 12 white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge. What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue” Wednesday, February 22 at 7pm; Sunday, February 26 at 1pm and Tuesday, February 28 at 10pm after the State of the Union address on LPB HD. In New Orleans on WLAE, Wednesday, February 22 at 7 PM. (Recorded Monday, February 20)

Our panelists will be:
• Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
• Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police
• Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
• Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Public Safety Task Force
• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Reverend Raymond Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church host the program. Robyn Merrick with the Southern University System and Bob Mann with LSU’s Manship School will moderate the discussion.
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