News roundup: Cassidy among US senators calling for more time to replace Obamacare … Netterville to serve as TAF board chair for 2017-18 … State Licensing Board for Contractors purchases contractors association land for $2.25M

    Delay of game: Louisiana’s senior U.S. senator is among a group of lawmakers that wants to extend the deadline to develop a replacement for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. As The Associated Press reports, Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican, has introduced an amendment to extend the deadline for budget reconciliation instructions from Jan. 27 to March 3. Collins is joined in the effort by Cassidy and Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee, Rob Portman of Ohio and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. All are Republicans. Collins says the extra time would allow Congress and the incoming presidential administration to replace Obamacare in a way that would allow Americans to hold on to insurance coverage. She also says the time would avoid creating turmoil in the insurance industry. President-elect Donald Trump made repealing Obamacare a central promise.

    Put it on the board: Jake Netterville will serve as the Tiger Athletic Foundation board chairman for 2017-2018, the organization announced today. Netterville, the former managing director of accounting firm Postlethwaite & Netterville, has previously served on TAF’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee, including a stint in 2013-2014 as TAF’s treasurer, according to a news release. He’ll replace E. Robert “Bobby” Theriot of Houston. TAF also announced the election of 14 other new members to the board: Janice Guitreau, Leigh D. King, Michael E. Olinde, Ronnie Laborde, Eric Lane, Darrel J. Papillion, Linda Dowling, Thomas Juneau, Allyson Fox Pharr, Steve Robinson, Charles H. Penn III, Kelly Spears and David Toms. To see a full listing of the TAF Board of Directors and Executive Committee, click here. TAF is a private nonprofit that raises funds for LSU athletics.

    Purchased: The Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors has purchased a less-than 1-acre tract of land downtown from the Louisiana Associated General Contractors for $2.25 million. The deal was filed with the East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court’s Office on Monday. As Daily Report previously reported, the two entities are teaming up on a project to build a new four-story building on the land that will house offices for both entities. Site work has already begun on the vacant parcel, which is next to LAGC’s existing headquarters building at the intersection of North and Sixth streets.

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