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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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     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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