2015 Legislative Session

The Louisiana Legislature convened April 13, 2015 with its final adjournment June 11th. The United Way of Southeast Louisiana’s (UWSELA) 2015 Public Policy Legislative Agenda was based on the findings of our Community Impact’s Big Issues as endorsed by the Board of Trustees namely, “Economic Empowerment”. We supported the Louisiana Domestic Violence Prevention Commission legislation recommendations and continued to advocate for positions that were previously taken in the 2014 State Legislative Session.

A BIG THANK YOU AND APPRECIATION TO OUR 2015 LEGISLATIVE CHAMPIONS: Rep. Helena Moreno, Rep. Robert Billiot, Rep. Neil Abramson, Rep. Ted James, Rep. Walt Leger, Rep. Austin Badon, Rep. Joe Lopinto, Sen. Jody Amedee, Rep. Ledricka Thierry, Rep. Barbara Norton, Sen. Edwin Murray, Sen. J.P. Morrell, Sen. Sharon Weston Broome, Sen. David Heitmeier, Sen. Danny Martiny, Sen. Karen Carter Peterson and Sen. Mike Walsworth.

THANK YOU to UWSELA staff, WLC, volunteers and collaborative partners whether it was attending committee hearings, making telephone calls, or sending emails, their efforts contributed greatly to our policy success.

Read the 2015 Legislative Session Wrap-up

 

Domestic Violence Legislation

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

United Way of Southeast Louisiana was very active during the session, advocating for the community.  Many key bills we advocated for were passed by the Legislature. Read the Full Report on those bills.

 

NEWS

JINDAL SIGNS FOUR BILLS DESIGNED TO IMPROVE TREATMENT OF RAPE VICTIM

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on June 23, 2105, signed into law four pieces of legislation designed to give Louisiana’s sexual assault victims better protection under the state’s laws. Read more

 

EVENING OF FILMANTHROPY

The New Orleans Family Justice Center and United Way of Southeast Louisiana recently hosted an “Evening of Filmanthropy” featuring a private screening of the HBO documentary film, Private Violence at the Port of New Orleans. Proceeds will benefit advocacy efforts and life-saving services for domestic violence victims. View pictures from the event here.

 

 

 

Education

FUELING YOUNG MINDS AND THE ECONOMY

 

LOUISIANA MUST INVEST IN ITS YOUNGEST RESIDENTS: EDITORIAL

By The Editorial Board, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
on April 17, 2015 at 6:12 AM, updated April 17, 2015 at 8:26 AM

Louisiana has a detailed strategy for expanding and improving preschool, but the state so far hasn't put up the money to fully implement the plan approved in 2012. With the Legislature grappling with a $1.6 billion budget deficit this spring, the chance for getting more money for early childhood education may be a tough battle.

But supporters aren't letting that deter them.

The United Way of Southeast Louisiana debuted a video this week aimed at persuading legislators that it is smart to spend more money on early childhood education. A coalition of more than 20 organizations is part of Ready Louisiana, which is pushing the state to invest in educating young children. read more