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Panelist Bio

Sen. Eric LaFleur
D-Ville Platte

Senator Eric LaFleur is a partner in the law firm of Mahtook & LaFleur with offices in Ville Platte and Lafayette. His focus of practice is private, commercial and public transactions. In addition, LaFleur is president and chief financial officer for a healthcare company with operates and provides health care related services to two boutique hospitals and one a long term care facility.

LaFleur was elected to an open seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1999 and reelected again in 2003. In 2007, he won an open seat in the Louisiana State Senate. He was re-lected in 2011 and then won again without opposition in 2015. That senatorial district consists of approximately 140,000 people in the fol-lowing four rural parishes: Allen, Avoyelles, St. Landry, Acadia and Evangeline. During his 17 year term in the legislature, he served 16 years as a member of the Appropriations or Finance Committee. Today, he serves as Chairman of the Sen-ate Committee on Finance. In addition, he is a member of the Senate Committees on Insurance and Judiciary B. LaFleur, a French speaker, also serves as Assem-blée Parlementaire de la Francophonie (APF) LaFleur serves on the Board of Di-rectors of the Sacred Heart Foundation, Louisiana Citizens Insurance Company, The Louisiana School for the Math & Sciences and company representative for membership in the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI). He also plays saxophone with the local band, Deja Vu.

Before entering private practice, LaFleur served as a felony prosecutor under Dis-trict Attorney Harry Connick in New Orleans and for the Louisiana Department of Justice.

LaFleur is a 1982 graduate of Sacred Heart High School. He is married to the for-mer Julie Morein. Mrs. La Fleur is a Louisiana licensed Physician Assistant and works in the intensive care unit at Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria. Ms. LaFleur is also a Louisiana licensed Nursing Home Administrator and currently providing pro-fessional administrative services in that field as well as management of electronic health records. They have three children, six year old, Atticus, five year old, Ame-lie, and three year old, Alistar.

Current Topic

     03/18 - Making Schools Safe

Where does Louisiana stand in this national discussion?
The school shooting in Broward County Florida that took the lives of 17 people has reignited the debate over how to make our schools safe. Energized students nationwide are calling for restricted access to certain guns. Congress is considering broader background checks and age limits on gun purchases. President Donald Trump is most enthusiastic about training school staff members to carry concealed weapons.

Where does Louisiana stand in this national discussion? How would gun control proposals affect the 45% of Louisianans who own guns? What mental health services are available to prevent teenagers from acting out violently? What increased security measures should schools take and how much will they cost? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Making Schools Safe” airing Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB and WLAE in New Orleans. (Taping Tuesday, March 27.)

Our panelists are:
• Sheriff Jason Ard, Livingston Parish
• Betty Muller, M.D., Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist
• Scott Richard, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia

The program features interviews with Bossier Parish School Superintendent Scott Smith; Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington; Director of Security for Bossier Parish Schools, Lt. Adam Johnson; and Meagan Medley, Ph.D., a nationally-certified school psychologist and assistant professor at Nicholls State University. LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and LPB news anchor, Andre’ Moreau, will moderate the discussion.

Louisiana Public Square
can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.
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