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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 9, 2005
CONTACT: BRENDA HODGE
COMMUNICATION OFFICER
PHONE: 225-342-9737

 

LA SENATE SETS UP EMERGENCY DISTRICT OFFICES TO SERVICE NEEDS OF CITIZENS IN KATRINA AFTERMATH

DISPLACED SENATORS TO OPERATE OUT OF STATE CAPITOL

Citizens from the parishes impacted by Hurricane Katrina can now contact their state senator toll free. The Louisiana Senate has established emergency district offices for the senators displaced by the storm and is providing staff support as needed.

"In this situation where communication has been such issue, it is imperative that we do everything possible to make sure that the victims of this catastrophe have easy, direct access to their elected public officials," Senate President Don Hines said. "While many members of the Louisiana Senate and their families suffered the devastating loss of their homes, their businesses and their possessions as did their constituents, they have been working tirelessly since day one to assist citizens in their communities survive and recover from this disaster. Hopefully the newly established emergency district offices in Baton Rouge will enhance those efforts."

The new emergency contact numbers for the senators are:

Toll Free BR Area
Sen. Diana Bajoie 866-406-6266 225-342-0738
Sen. Francis Heitmeier 866-406-6286 225-342-0760
Sen. Ken Hollis 866-406-6265 225-342-0748
Sen. Art Lentini 866-406-6285 225-342-0746
Sen. Ben Nevers 866-406-6264 225-342-1767
Sen. Chris Ullo 866-406-6263 225-342-0764
Sen. Walter Boasso 866-406-6261 225-342-2415
Sen. Ann Duplessis 866-406-6281 225-342-1751
Sen. Ed Murray 866-406-6278 225-342-2762
Sen. Tom Schedler 866-406-6255 225-342-0741
Sen. Julie Quinn 866-310-7613 225-342-0632
Sen. Joel Chaisson 866-310-1587 225-342-0971
Sen. Derrick Shepherd 866-310-7631 225-342-2887

In addition to the emergency toll free contact numbers and office support, each affected members page on the Senate Web site, http://senate.legis.state.la.us/ , will have an electronic bulletin board where citizens can communicate directly with their senator about specific concerns in their communities. Information relating to hurricane relief and recovery in specific Senate districts will be posted on the membersí Web pages as it becomes available.

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