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Panelist Bio


Rep. Joel Robideaux
R-Lafayette, Chairman, Revenue Study Commission

Joel Robideaux represents District 45 in the Louisiana House of Representatives, a position he has held since 2004. Rep. Robideaux currently serve as Chairman of Ways and Means and Chairman of the Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay, and is a member of the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget. He was also appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve on The Energy Council.

Rep. Robideaux is currently chairing the Revenue Study Commission which is tasked with examining the 400 plus tax exemptions and credits that Louisiana offers and making recommendations on how to measure their effectiveness as well as which ones should be eliminated. The Commission will present their findings to House Speaker Chuck Kleckleyand Senate President John Alario by February 1, 2013.

Prior to being elected as a state representative, Robideaux served as Senator Mike Michot’s campaign treasurer and as a member of the State Society of CPA’s legislative steering committee.

A graduate of LSU with a Master of Science in Finance, Robideaux lives in Lafayette.with his wife Bobette and their three sons.

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     09/18 - Revisiting Reform

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended?
In 2017, Louisiana’s legislature passed the Justice Reinvestment Act, which sought to reduce the state’s highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate. The bill was championed by Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and received bipartisan support including from community and business leaders. Now, just over a year later, the legislation has become a political football. State Attorney General Jeff Landry and Senator John Kennedy, both Republicans considering a run against Edwards in 2019, suggest that the reform package is a failure. They cite murders committed by two inmates released since the Act’s implementation.

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended? Has the legislation put more residents in harm’s way or are plea deals part of the problem?

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Revisiting Reform” Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Our panelists are:
• E. Pete Adams, Executive Director, La. District Attorneys Association
• Alanah Hebert, ACLU of Louisiana & Justice Reinvestment Task Force
• Andrew Hundley, Louisiana Parole Project
• Sec. Jimmy LeBlanc, La. Department of Corrections

The program features interviews with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry; Rep. Terry Landry, D- New Iberia, with the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council; Deputy Assistant Secretary Natalie Laborde, with the Louisiana Department of Corrections; and Stephanie Riegel, editor of the Baton Rouge Business Report.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and professor Robert Mann with the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication host the show.

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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