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    Civil Justice Reform

    The Civil Justice Reform Council seeks to ensure a balance between the rights of plaintiffs and defendants in Louisiana's civil justice system. The council also works to improve the availability and affordability of liability insurance.

    Council Director

    Will Green
    Director, Civil Justice Reform and Employee Relations Councils
    225-928-5388

    Council Chairperson

    Karen Eddlemon

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    Education & Workforce Development

    LABI's Education and Workforce Development Council coordinates business' involvement in education reform issues; works to pass legislation to improve K-12, university and community college education; and is concerned with vocational education and workforce development.

    Council Director

    Brigitte Nieland
    Vice President, Workforce Development and Research
    Director, Education and Workforce Development Council

    225-215-6670

    Council Chairperson

    Lane Grigsby
    Cajun Industries, LLC
    Chairman, Education & Workforce Development Council

    (225) 753-5857

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    Employee Relations

    The Employee Relations Council considers legislation to lower costs in the areas of unemployment and workers' compensation. The Unemployment Comp Task Force and Workers Comp Task Force make recommendations to the full council for action. The Council also deals with Right-to-Work, drug testing, collective bargaining, OSHA, EEO, and other labor-management issues.

    Council Director

    Will Green
    Director, Civil Justice Reform and Employee Relations Councils
    225-928-5388

    Council Chairperson

    Todd Gregory

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    Energy

    The Energy Council is comprised of energy producing, transporting and consuming businesses which promote adequate supplies of all forms of energy at competitive prices. It leads the opposition to increased taxes and fees on energy sources, encourages conservation of resources, and balances environmental concerns with energy production on usage.

    Council Director

    Brian Landry
    Vice President, Political Action
    Director, Energy Council

    (225) 215-6629

    Council Chairperson

    Emory Belton

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    Environmental Quality

    The Environmental Quality Council concentrates on legislation and issues pertaining to environmental matters related to business. The council's goal seeks a balance between economic development and environmental protection.

    Council Director

    Jim Patterson
    Vice President, Government Relations
    Director, Taxation and Finance and Environmental Quality Councils
    Executive Director, Louisiana Right-to-Work Committee

    225-215-6657

    Council Chairperson

    Adam Haddox

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    Government Reform

    The Governmental Reform Council focuses on issues such as ethics, campaign finance, elections and retirement, in order to pass legislation promoting integrity in governmental practice for the benefit of the state's businesses and citizens.

    Council Director

    Courtney Baker
    Director, Technology Advocacy and Trade, Tourism & Transportation Councils
    225-928-5388

    Council Chairperson

    Kenneth Ross
    Seale & Ross
    Chairman, Small Business and Governmental Reform Councils

    (985) 542-8500

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    Health Care

    LABI's Health Care Issue Council works to ensure a cost-effective, competitive health care market as an incentive to encourage economic growth and development while assuring that consumers in Louisiana receive high-quality, accessible health care.

    Council Director

    Bridgette Jamison
    Director, Health Care Council
    225-928-5388

    Council Chairperson

    Cheryl Tolbert

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    Small Business

    The Small Business Council deals with a variety of issues concerning small businesses. These include economic development issues, corporation contracts and regulations effecting business practices.

    Council Director

    Renee Amar
    Director, Small Business Council
    Deputy, Political Action Committee

    225-928-5388

    Council Chairperson

    John Overton

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    Taxation & Finance

    The Taxation and Finance Council focuses on fiscal policy research and lobbies legislation dealing with taxation and finance.

    Council Director

    Jim Patterson
    Vice President, Government Relations
    Director, Taxation and Finance and Environmental Quality Councils
    Executive Director, Louisiana Right-to-Work Committee

    225-215-6657

    Council Chairperson

    Bobby Barousse

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    Technology Advocacy

    The Technology Advocacy Council is dedicated to being the public policy champion for businesses that are creators and users of technology applications.

    Council Director

    Courtney Baker
    Director, Technology Advocacy and Trade, Tourism & Transportation Councils
    225-928-5388

    Council Chairperson

    John

    Jones


    Vice President of Policy and Federal Legislative Affairs
    CenturyLink


    318-362-1583

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    Trade Tourism & Transportation

    The Trade, Tourism and Transportation Council provides a unified, influential voice for the travel and tourism industry and promotes opportunities to expand international trade.

    Council Director

    Courtney Baker
    Director, Technology Advocacy and Trade, Tourism & Transportation Councils
    225-928-5388

    Council Chairperson

    Terry Baugh