—Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin will attempt to update Louisiana’s voting system again, but this time the work will be guided by a new commission that will help choose the technology. Whichever voting system is chosen, it will need to produce a verifiable paper record, unlike the decades-old machines the state uses today.
– Lawmakers in their regular legislative session will decide how to use $ 1.4 billion in unspent federal pandemic aid, along with a state surplus of $ 699 million. Ideas include earmarking money for improving water and sewerage systems, transport projects, broadband internet upgrades, and decreasing the trust fund for state unemployment. A portion of the surplus must go to the state’s “rainy day” fund and to pay off retirement debts.
—Several lawmakers, Republicans and Democrats, said they wanted to rewrite Louisiana’s insurance laws during the regular session. They try to respond to repeated complaints about slow responses to damage claims, low payment offers and other issues that surface as people whose homes were destroyed by Hurricanes Laura, Delta, Zeta and Ida try to negotiate with their insurers for payments.
Meanwhile, many officials will already have their eyes on the 2023 election.
Edwards is for a limited time and can no longer run. The open governor’s seat is attracting interest from Landry, Republican Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, Republican Treasurer John Schroder, and several lawmakers, at a minimum. Any state elected official who chooses to run for governor will then leave other vacancies, and several limited-term lawmakers are eagerly pondering whether they will attempt to bid for those seats.