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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.

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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