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Rep. Joel Robideaux
R-Lafayette, Chairman, Revenue Study Commission

Joel Robideaux represents District 45 in the Louisiana House of Representatives, a position he has held since 2004. Rep. Robideaux currently serve as Chairman of Ways and Means and Chairman of the Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay, and is a member of the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget. He was also appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve on The Energy Council.

Rep. Robideaux is currently chairing the Revenue Study Commission which is tasked with examining the 400 plus tax exemptions and credits that Louisiana offers and making recommendations on how to measure their effectiveness as well as which ones should be eliminated. The Commission will present their findings to House Speaker Chuck Kleckleyand Senate President John Alario by February 1, 2013.

Prior to being elected as a state representative, Robideaux served as Senator Mike Michot’s campaign treasurer and as a member of the State Society of CPA’s legislative steering committee.

A graduate of LSU with a Master of Science in Finance, Robideaux lives in Lafayette.with his wife Bobette and their three sons.

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01/17 - Healthy New Year!

What is the best approach to shedding pounds in a state where cuisine is part of its culture?

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January heralds the beginning of a New Year and for many, a resolution to practice a healthier lifestyle. According to the 13th annual State of Obesity report, Louisiana now has the highest rate of adult obesity in the country.

So, what is the best approach to shedding pounds in a state where cuisine is part of its culture? Which diet is the most effective for losing weight? What weight loss surgeries are available and how safe are they? And what role does exercise play in the health equation? Louisiana Public Square searches for answers on “Healthy New Year!” Wednesday, January 25 at 7pm on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, January 24)

Do you have a story of weight loss challenges and success that you want to share? Be a part of our audience when we record “Healthy New Year!” on Tuesday, January 24 at 7 p.m. at LPB. Email your contact information to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Seating is limited, so reply soon!




Our panelists are:
• Drake Bellanger, M.D., Weight Loss Surgical Centers of Louisiana
• Catherine Champagne, Ph.D. , Pennington Biomedical Research Center
• Stephanie Ellwood, Southern University AgCenter
• Rudy Macklin, Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports


LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and family physician and author, Dr. Rani Whitfield, moderate the discussion.


Louisiana Public Square 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 the station websites for schedules.



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