Legislative Economic Recovery Task Force to Meet Thursday

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Posted at 1:15 PM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 14:47:09-04

The Legislative Recovery Task Force will meet on Thursday via video conference.

The group was formed to advise lawmakers by Republican lawmakers. It is a private-sector group made up of leaders in various business sectors of the state, including the oil and gas, agriculture, manufacturing, automotive, banking, hospitality, food and beverage, trucking, construction, and medical sectors.

The meeting is set for 8:30 a.m. on April 23 and the public can listen.

The meeting will begin with a briefing from congressional and legislative leadership discussing the state and federal response to COVID-19, as well as healthcare and economic experts who will detail ongoing medical concerns and economic impacts Louisiana faces.

Speakers briefing the task force include:
Sen. Page Cortez, Louisiana President of the Senate
Rep. Clay Schexnayder, Louisiana Speaker of the House
David Stokes, U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, Chief of Staff
Dr. Catherine O’Neal, Assistant Professor of Medicine, LSU Health Sciences Center, and Chief Medical Officer, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
Dr. Loren Scott, Louisiana Economist

A release states that the purpose of the task force is to develop practical and specific policy recommendations for the legislature to jump-start the Louisiana economy in the short term and lay the foundation for a continued economic resurgence in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recommendations could include statutory and regulatory changes, as well as state aid or incentives for affected businesses and workers.

“We’ve assembled a team of business leaders and experts from across Louisiana who represent a wide range of industries and, more importantly, Louisiana families,” said Jason DeCuir, a lobbyist who is chairman of the task force. “I’m looking forward to getting started and creating lasting policy initiatives that will benefit Louisiana and the families who call it home for years to come.”

Register to view the video conference here.