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H. B. 667 KILLED IN SENATE COMMITTEE … DEAD FOR NOW

By:
  • Elliott Stonecipher
Pictured:
  • State Representative Cedric Glover

*** ALERT … Thursday, June 1, 2017 … 12:00 Noon … ALERT ***

The legislative bill Cedric Glover sneaked through the Louisiana House of Representatives last week died without fanfare in State Senate committee just minutes ago.

The bill was pronounced dead by the committee chair without allowing Glover – former Shreveport Mayor, and former Shreveport City Councilman – to speak.

Glover had worked out a list of would-be amendments to save his attempt to establish a new channel of taxation in Shreveport. The taxation authority would have been a five-member board with a majority appointed by the mayor.

Glover intends to be that next mayor.

I will write a detailed follow-up to this announcement.

For now, we need to recognize a single and remarkable reason for this outcome: thousands – yes thousands – of incensed Shreveporters began calling legislators late last week to stop the out-of-control taxation here.

The groundswell was the result of social media, websites and other non-traditional means. The local news media remained mum about the bill until the day before yesterday. Some, in fact, never wrote or broadcast a word.

Many elected officials helped us in this fight, and some certainly hurt us. Too, key local professional groups helped, but most of our usual suspect “leadership” groups remained mum.

© 2017 Elliott Stonecipher … ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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Elliott Stonecipher

Elliott is a freelance contributor to RealShreveport.com and any other locally interested publications. Importantly, Elliott has several first-hand experiences in almost every aspect of the best and worst in local politics of Louisiana, particularly Northwest Louisiana. For several years and at great personal risk, Elliott has worked as a watchdog in local politics by writing and exposing numerous subjects that every other media outlet has refused to touch.

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