Congressman cites energy crisis

HOUMA – In a speech Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Billy Tauzin, R-Chackbay, highlighted recent occurrences on the national level; some spelling good news for all while others hint at future challenges for Louisiana and the rest of America.

Tauzin spoke during a joint membership luncheon sponsored by the Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce, Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce and Chamber of Lafourche and the Bayou Region at the Cypress Columns in Gray.

The congressman, who is chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, told the crowd of nearly 400 chamber members that he and other representatives are working on an energy bill that will have extraordinary implications for Louisiana.

“America depends on Louisiana for so much of its energy, and we depend so much on the production and use of energy in Louisiana for our economy,” Tauzin said.

On Tuesday, he met with Dow Chemical and other representatives of the chemical industries along the Mississippi River to discuss an impending crisis to the state.

At the chambers’ luncheon, he said this crisis …

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Requirement unnecessary


How much information should people have to give the government before they are allowed to vote?

That is the question at the heart of a Georgia case that is making its way through the federal court system.

Deborah and Theodore Schwier live in Social Circle, a small town 40 miles east of Atlanta, according to a Tuesday story by The Associated Press. After they registered to vote in the 2015 elections, Walton County officials tossed out their registrations because they had failed to provide their Social Security numbers.

They sued the county in federal court claiming the county’s requirement of their Social Security numbers violates the federal Privacy Act, but their suit was thrown out.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday, though, that the lower court must hold a trial on the matter.

We applaud the Schwiers’ courage in challenging the law, and hope the court will rule they don’t have to provide their Social Security numbers just to exercise the right that is the cornerstone …

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