MORGAN CITY – The Louisiana attorney general brought federal and state
issues to the attention of the St. Mary Parish Chamber of Commerce recently.
Jeff Landry talked to a crowd of business owners and parish
officials about the Clean Power Plan and sanctuary city regulations, among
other issues, on Sept. 22.
Bob Harrison, chamber chairman, told the Louisiana Record that it was interesting to
hear personally about government at the state level and above.
“He comes down to the parish and talks to the people who
elected him and can voice their opinions,” Harrison said. “The governor and
attorney general are butting heads a lot and we need to get things done for the
state. It seems like things are not flowing smoothly for us.”
discussed his opposition to the Clean Power Plan, rules proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency that would require existing
coal-fired power plants to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by
“The Clean Power Plan is another
example of executive overreach and, just like other overly burdensome and
extremely expensive Washington regulations, this unconstitutional EPA mandate
is a job killer," Landry said in a press release. "The Clean Power
Plan is a purely political attempt to force states into green energy
Harrison said St. Mary Parish business owners are always
concerned about electricity usage and their bills. The Clean Power Plan could
have a negative effect, he said.
“If we did that, it would cost us thousands and thousands of
extra on our bills, if we had to do that,” Harrison said.
The Clean Power Plan would be the first time that
carbon limits would be applied to existing power plants. It’s been estimated
that compliance costs would exceed $4 billion, according to Landry’s office.
A federal appeals court heard arguments in a
lawsuit filed by a coalition of 24 states, including Louisiana, that have
challenged the Clean Power Plan. The court heard arguments last month in the
Also at the chamber luncheon, Landry talked
about his office’s progress on sanctuary cities, which typically do not prosecute
persons for being an undocumented immigrant, or shields them if they commit a crime.
“You’ve got to follow the rules
and regulations of the law,” Harrison said. “We’ve got to get that taken care
Last month, according to Landry’s office, the
City of New Orleans changed its policy to allow the police department to
cooperate with federal authorities. Landry testified at the U.S.
House's "New Orleans: How the Crescent City became a Sanctuary
“Because of the efforts we made in Louisiana,
our state no longer has any jurisdiction prohibited from communicating
with federal immigration authorities,” Landry said in a statement.
Harrison also praised Landry’s pursuit of
In August, the attorney general’s Medicaid
Fraud Control Unit arrested four people from South Louisiana on Medicaid fraud
charges. Medicaid fraud occurs when providers use the Medicaid program to
obtain money to which they are not entitled, Landry’s office said.
“We all pay our tax dollars and
they are being used fraudulently. It should be looked into,” Harrison said.