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With eyes on the budget, Louisiana lawmakers review statutory dedications

Louisiana legislators have been quietly toiling away for more than a year on an exhaustive review of funds in the state budget that are locked up by law.

The review of the state's nearly 400 statutory dedications, often referred to as "stat deds" in discussions at the State Capitol, ultimately will prompt a second round of legislation during the session that begins in April. The Legislature approved the first round of eliminations earlier this year.

"We're doing a deep dive into funds that for the most part haven't been looked at in a very long time," said Sen. Sharon Hewitt, a Slidell Republican and co-chairwoman of the review committee. "It feels like it's an endless list."

RSLC Spotlights Senator Sharon Hewitt of Louisiana


WASHINGTON (December 3, 2018) – Senator Sharon Hewitt (District 1), a veteran deep-water energy engineer, and vanguard for women playing a leadership role in the oil and gas industry, is the embodiment of the Republican State Leadership Committee’s (RSLC) Future Majority Project (FMP) and Right Women, Right Now (RWRN) initiatives. 

Senator Sharon Hewitt Awarded National Legislator of the Year by the American Legislative Exchange Council

Louisiana State Senator Sharon Hewitt was awarded National Legislator of the Year by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) at the 2018 States & Nation Policy Summit in Washington, DC.

“I’m very humbled and honored to be selected as Legislator of the Year by ALEC,” said Senator Hewitt. “ALEC has been a tremendous resource for me. Their nationally-recognized experts have provided me with data and best practices that have been useful in formulating policies in my state. “

Senator Hewitt raises concerns about Mississippi's One Lake project and its impact on the Lower Pearl River

Louisiana politicians are digging in their heels as Mississippi pursues plans for a new reservoir on the Pearl River they fear could harm the Bayou State's ecology.

During a meeting at the Louisiana capitol on Thursday, the attorney for a Mississippi flood control district tried to allay fears by emphasizing that the "One Lake" proposal is still in its early phases.

We will continue to raise objections at every stage, Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell, responded.

Senator Sharon Hewitt interview on WGSO Radio: More business, less taxes.

Louisiana State Senator Sharon Hewitt discusses some things we need to do to improve the business environment in our state, and talked about the upcoming STEM Summit she is planning for September 7th.


Senator Sharon Hewitt