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Rep. Malinda White

State representative Malinda White is a freshman member of the House of Representatives from Bogalusa who wasted no time making a name for herself.

If you want to wear bright pink instead of orange while hunting, thank Rep. White. That was her legislation.

On the serious side, she played a role in the efforts to plug what was a $2 billion hole in the proposed budget. In the first special session, she handled legislation that became law setting a cap on the amount businesses can charge the state for collecting sales taxes. That change is saving the state $6.4 million a year.

In the second special session, she tried but failed to get the House to approve limiting the amount of deductions on state income tax. The Tax Foundation says allowing such a huge deduction for wealthy people to write off far more contributions than the federal government allows is a flaw the state’s tax code.

Prior to her election, Rep. White was a leader in community affairs.

Among her accomplishments are being founder and executive chairwoman of the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival. She also was a member of the Washington Parish Commission on Human Services, was a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for foster children, and a board member for the Youth Services Bureau of St. Tammany and Washington Parishes. She also served on boards promoting natural sites, parks and the parish fair.

She and her husband, Danny, own and operate White’s Business Machines. They have two daughters Casey Rogers, Meagan (Aaron) Faulk and a son Parker White.

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