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Panelist Bio

Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith
D- Baton Rouge

Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith is a native of Baton Rouge, as is well known here and throughout Louisiana for her tireless effort to champion causes she believes in. She has been a force for improving education in public schools in East Baton Rouge Parish and the state. Smith is a former two-term president of the EBR School Board. Recently re-elected without opposition, Rep. Smith is currently serving her third term in the LA House of Representatives; and has served two consecutive terms as chair of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus.

Rep. Smith serves on the Appropriations, Education, Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget, and Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs committees of the Legislature. She has many appointments, including to the House Executive Committee and the House Select Leadership Committee. Her awards are too numerous to list here but include the first Martin Luther King Distinguished Leadership Award in Politics, the “Fannie Lou Hamer Political Award” from Grambling University, and she was named “Legislator of the Year” by the Louisiana School Board Association. Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith is married to Freddie Smith Jr. They have six children and 12 grandchildren.

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     11/17 - Louisiana: Sportsman’s Paradise or Problem?

Is Louisiana a Sportsman’s Paradise or Problem?
For decades Louisiana has proclaimed itself as the “Sportsman’s Paradise.” But for today’s hunters, changes to Louisiana’s landscape have caused a decline in the quality of the state’s deer habitat and smaller game. For coastal fishermen, private property rights often unduly restrict access to waters that are considered public in any other state.

Louisiana Public Square explores some of the challenges that the state’s hunters and anglers face on “Louisiana: Sportsman’s Paradise or Problem?” Wednesday, November 22 at 7p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, November 21)
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