Communications & COVID-19: A Virtual Event Series

Upcoming Events

July 1 | Legislating in the Time of COVID-19 | 3:00 p.m. CST

After suspending indefinitely on March 31, the Louisiana legislature reconvened on May 4 to complete the work begun before the COVID-19 pandemic halted life in the state. As members faced the challenges that come with legislating during a public health crisis, how did they prioritize work? In partnership with the LSU President’s Office, the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs will host a discussion recapping legislators and the state administration’s approach to the compressed regular and special session, including budget decisions, CARES Act funding and education-related bills. The panel will feature representatives from both the Louisiana House and Senate, as well as public officials from Louisiana’s state administration and economic experts to discuss the realities of legislating in a pandemic.

Panelists will include: 

  • Sarah Procopio - Rising Senior, LSU Manship School of Mass Communication, Moderator

  • Representative Larry Bagley - Louisiana House of Representatives

  • Commissioner Jay Dardenne - Louisiana Division of Administration

  • Dr. Manfred Dix - Division of Administration, Chief Economist for the State of Louisiana

  • Senator Cleo Fields - Louisiana Senate

  • Speaker Pro-Temp Tanner Magee - Louisiana House of Representatives

  • Secretary Kimberly Robinson – Louisiana Department of Revenue, Secretary of Revenue

  • Senator Mack “Bodi” White - Louisiana Senate

  • Representative Jerome Zeringue - Louisiana House of Representatives

Featured Speaker

Torrie Fields, MPH

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