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Date Press Release
6/14/2011

Wesley Daniels' Letter to the Editor on State Government Session

For Immediate Release:                                                       6/14/11
Contact:                                                                                 Stacey Neal
                                                                                                985-549-3160
                                                                                                info@haeidd.org

Wesley Daniels' Letter to the Editor on State Government Session

On May 19th, Leadership Tangipahoa Class of 2011 had the opportunity to visit our State Capitol.  We spent the day listening and learning about the entire legislative process. 

We had the opportunity to attend Senate committee meetings that dealt with different aspects of education.  One session that I found very interesting was the expansion of virtual schools.  This program will provide students with an opportunity to take online courses that may not be available at their school. Representatives from each state educational committee were in attendance and all spoke for their organizations.  Together with the Senators they laid the groundwork for something new and exciting.   

We ventured to the House side and found our local representative John Bel Edwards presenting an amendment to be added to the anti-bullying bill.  Some of the discussions between the representatives got a little heated as each one wanted their point heard. It was an impressive sight to watch as each bill was presented and then voted on.

Our tour of the Capitol was phenomenal.  While Gov. Jindal didn't greet us at the front door, he did allow us to sit in his rockers and enjoy the beauty of the mansion grounds. Mrs. Bobbie Johnson welcomed us into the home of our Governor and served as our tour guide. The inside of the mansion is draped with wonderful art from local talent. A mural painted in the foyer represents our great state and major events, and governors, past and present, are the crown jewel!  It makes humorous nods such as representing Edwin Edwards with a piece of "candy" and some playing cards.  It is definitely something to see.

To walk the same halls as some of our great leaders was a very humbling experience. The history made inside those walls has created the great state that we live in today.  The laws created have provided the foundation upon which we were built and continue to grow. In order for this process to continue, it our responsibility to stay informed and involved.  Our democratic process is obsolete without the voice of the people.

I would like to thank Mr. Pugh for being such a great host and for providing invaluable insight into the inner workings of our legislative system.

I would also like to thank my classmates, Leadership Tangipahoa board, Alumni, and Mr. John Dardis. Collectively, you made this journey very rewarding.  Together we discovered the exciting and different things that make our Parish such a wonderful place to call home.

J. Wesley Daniels II
Branch Real Estate LLC.
Leadership Class of 2011