News roundup: U.S. Chamber weighs in on legacy lawsuits … Hurricane sales tax holiday approaches … Former PAR head honored
Yet another voice on legacies: The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform today sent a letter to Louisiana Senate President John Alario Jr., R-Westwego, and Senate Judiciary A Chairman Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa, to express "strong support" for Senate Bill 443 and House Bill 618, industry-backed bills meant to resolve the so-called legacy lawsuit issue. "These lawsuits are simply abusive and being pursued by a handful of plaintiffs' attorneys seeking to gain a windfall by circumventing established state procedures to fairly address alleged environmental damage claims," the letter says.
Getting prepared: Louisiana shoppers can stock up on up to $1,500 worth of flashlights, batteries, generators, and other storm-related items free of the 4% state sales tax during the annual hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday May 26 and May 27. The 2012 hurricane season begins June 1.
Tip of the cap: Former Public Affairs Research Council President Jim Brandt was given the Frederick P. Gruenberg Award this week by the Governmental Research Association. The GRA has given the Gruenberg Award since 1975 to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the profession. Brandt is the second PAR staff member to receive the award in the past two years. In 2010, former senior research associate Richard "Ty" Keller was honored with the award.
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