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  • November 17, 2022 5:06 PM | Chelsey Blakenship (Administrator)

    The results of the November 8th mid-term elections moved some Louisiana congressional members up the leadership ladder. First District Congressman Steve Scalise from Jefferson Parish has been elected as Majority Leader in the 118th Congress, which will be controlled by Republicans starting in 2023. As House Majority Leader, Congressman Scalise is the lead speaker for the majority party during floor debates, develops the calendar, and will assist the speaker with program development, policy formation and policy decisions. Scalise will gather and count votes to support initiatives that not only he but the party considers a priority. The last Majority Leader from Louisiana was Hale Boggs from 1971-1973. A list of roles and responsibilities of selected leadership positions can be found here.

    In addition to Congressman Steve Scalise serving as House Majority Leader in D.C. next year, Congressman Mike Johnson will keep his current position as vice-chair of the Republican caucus. Congressmen Garret Graves, Clay Higgins, Julia Letlow, and Troy Carter are also expected to advance in their committee assignments. Lastly, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) is now in line to become the top Republican on the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. The formal process to seat the next ranking member will take place in the new Congress.

    What does all of this mean for Louisiana? It gives Louisiana more of a voice on steering committees and committee chair appointments and possibly brings Louisiana more federal projects and funding. If you don’t have relationships with your congressional members or the

    Louisiana and D.C. staff, now is the time to call to schedule a meeting with your members and/or their staff to discuss your organizations’ major challenges and how they can help. Last votes for 2022 will be held on December 15, then members are off for the holidays.

  • November 17, 2022 4:58 PM | Chelsey Blakenship (Administrator)

    Links to the recent webinar, “Federal Mid-Term Elections: Impact on Charitable Nonprofits” can be found below. The consistent message from each of the speakers is that the sector is stronger when we work together.

    The National Nonprofit Council is encouraging nonprofit organizations to sign onto the Charitable Giving Coalition letter calling on Congress to support restoring and expanding the charitable deduction for non-itemizers in year-end legislation. Link to letter and sign on form.

    Webinar Resources:

  • November 17, 2022 12:35 PM | Chelsey Blakenship (Administrator)

    2023 Regular Legislative Session will convene at noon on Monday, April 10, 2023.

    Final adjournment no later than 6:00 p.m. on Thursday June 8, 2023.

    2023 is both an election year and a fiscal session. During a fiscal session, “no matters shall be introduced or considered unless they relate to fiscal (money) matters or local or special laws and legislators are limited to filing five non-fiscal bills.” https://legis.la.gov/legisdocs/23rs/23RS_House_Bulletin.pdf

    The 2023 political calendar will include races for governor and legislative seats, and many lawmakers will be in their final session before term limits force them out of the Legislature. This will likely leave little taste for many controversial bills being filed.

    Some interesting things to review before the 2023 fiscal session are the fiscal highlights for 2022-2023 published by the Louisiana Legislative Fiscal Office and parish-by-parish audit reports put out by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s office.

    The Legislative Fiscal Office is an independent agency created by statute to provide factual and unbiased information to both the House of Representatives and the State Senate. The Office provides assistance to individual legislators, committees of the Legislature and the entire Legislature. Legislators' individual requests are considered confidential and will remain confidential unless otherwise requested. Specific information about the Legislative Fiscal Office can be found in the Louisiana Revised Statutes, RS 24:601 through 24:608.

    Louisiana Legislative Auditor provides an independent assessment and proactive guidance, resulting in accurate reporting of the fiscal condition and performance of government and the sources and uses of its financial resources. The office is a resource in matters ranging from local fiscal issues to the State’s Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR).

  • November 17, 2022 12:34 PM | Chelsey Blakenship (Administrator)

    A list of congressional, state and local elections results can be found on the Secretary of State’s voter portal site. Also, results of which Constitutional Amendments passed or failed on the November 8th ballot can be found here.

  • November 17, 2022 12:22 PM | Chelsey Blakenship (Administrator)

    It’s worth noting the re-election of the sponsors of the National Council of Nonprofit’s main bills – the Universal Charitable Deduction and the ERTC Reinstatement Act, and a volunteer mileage bill that might be gaining some traction.

    S.618 - Universal Giving Pandemic Response and Recovery Act

    • Among the 19 sponsors, all up for election are returning next Congress with the possible exception of Sens. Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Warnock (D-GA).
    H.R. 1704 - Universal Giving Pandemic Response and Recovery Act
    • Sponsor Chris Pappas (D-NH) won re-election. Here’s the co-sponsor list for further analysis.

    H.R.6161 - Employee Retention Tax Credit Reinstatement Act

    • Sponsor Rep. Carol Miller (R-WV) easily won re-election, although lead co-sponsor Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) retired. It’s worth noting that the impressive 113 co-sponsor list is heavy with Republicans.

    S. 3625 - Employee Retention Tax Credit Reinstatement Act

    • Sponsors Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Tim Scott (R-SC) both handily won re-election. All of the remaining co-sponsors who stood for re-election appear to be returning in the 118th Congress.

    H.R.8265 - TEAM Volunteers Act

    • Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN), sponsor of the bill to raise the volunteer mileage rate to the business rate for two years, has been declared the winner of a very tight race. While only two of the 10 co-sponsors are Republicans, a variation of the bill could show up on a year-end tax bill.

  • November 17, 2022 12:21 PM | Chelsey Blakenship (Administrator)

    Mastercard has new rules for recurring transactions. This link is a good recap of current discussions between the National Council of Nonprofits and Mastercard, especially in the midst of year-end giving campaigns.

  • November 03, 2022 12:31 PM | Chelsey Blakenship (Administrator)

    Join nonprofits from across the U.S. on Monday, November 14th at 1pm CT to discuss the impact of the federal elections on nonprofits, their missions, and our communities. This webinar hosted by the networks of the National Council of Nonprofits will focus on the election results, how they affect the lame-duck session of Congress, and what nonprofits from many different sub sectors can expect from and achieve in the 118th Congress.

    Register for the Post-Election Webinar now!

  • October 05, 2022 1:18 PM | Chelsey Blakenship (Administrator)

    The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR), a nonpartisan educational and research organization, has provided detailed reports on the constitutional amendments set before voters over more than four decades. This latest PAR Guide to the 2022 Constitutional Amendments reviews each proposal for the November and December ballots in the order they will appear before voters. The guide does not make recommendations about how to vote, but offers analysis and provides arguments of supporters and opponents of each proposal for voters to make their own decisions. The 11 amendments include five passed by lawmakers in the 2021 regular legislative session and six passed in the regular legislative session earlier this year. Each proposal had to receive a two-thirds favorable vote in the House and Senate to reach the ballot. Now, each amendment needs a majority vote at the polls to get enacted.

    *Source: Public Affairs Research Council

    To view the 2022 Guide, please visit the links below:

  • October 05, 2022 1:17 PM | Chelsey Blakenship (Administrator)

    Click here to apply to enroll in the next poll commissioner training.

  • October 05, 2022 1:14 PM | Chelsey Blakenship (Administrator)

    The deadlines to register to vote in the November 8th Open Congressional Primary Election are fast approaching. The in-person or by mail registration deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 11, and the deadline for registering through the GeauxVote Online Registration System is Tuesday, Oct. 18. These deadlines are for citizens who have never registered to vote as well as voters who would like to make changes to their registration.

    Citizens may check their registration or register to vote online at www.GeauxVote.com; at their parish Registrar of Voters Office; while obtaining services at the Office of Motor Vehicles, public assistance agencies and disability services offices; or by mail. Louisianians can also utilize the GeauxVote Mobile smartphone app to access registration, ballot and polling place information. After registering, voters should download the GeauxVote Mobile smartphone app.

    The app provides registration information as well as voting districts, sample ballots, polling place information and election results.

    Early voting for the Nov. 8 election is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25th through Tuesday, November 1st (excluding Sunday, October 30th), from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Citizens who want to vote early may do so in person at their parish Registrar of Voters Office or at other designated locations. For more information about the Secretary of State's Elections Division, visit www.GeauxVote.com or call the Elections Hotline at 800.883.2805.

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