BRAC Applauds Progress During 2024 Legislative Session 

BATON ROUGE, La. (June 5, 2024) — The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today recognizes the progress of work by the Louisiana Legislature as the 2024 legislative session adjourned Monday evening. Legislative wins this session include the passage of four BRAC-authored bills, the blueprint for a reimagined Louisiana Economic Development agency, and additional funding for projects that strengthen the region’s economic competitiveness. 

“As we reflect on the 2024 legislative session, it’s evident that our collaborative efforts with the Capital Region legislative delegation have yielded significant progress,” said Ann Trappey, BRAC interim president and CEO. “The passage of the four bills we authored underscores our commitment to advancing our region’s economic competitiveness. By focusing on priorities such as education policy to increase pathways to high-wage employment and investing in critical regional infrastructure projects, we are poised to enhance our region’s livability and bolster our talent pipeline. We thank our legislators that helped us carry these bills through the legislature, and we look forward to building on their passage.” 

Some key wins for the Capital Region include: 

  • Build pathways to high-wage employment: BRAC authored HB728, lowering the eligibility age for MJ Foster Promise Program funds, enhancing access to two-year degree programs in high-demand jobs in growing industry sectors. 
  • Eliminate impediments to employment: BRAC backed HB566, eliminating the need for a baccalaureate degree for entry-level state jobs. This opens opportunities for many Louisianians without degrees, expanding the employment base. 
  • Significantly improve K-12 student attendance and outcomes: BRAC authored and supported HCR72 to study delaying high school start times, aiming to improve attendance and academic outcomes. Research shows later start times benefit attendance, GPAs, and adolescent well-being. 
  • Support the reorganization of LED and best practices for economic development: BRAC supported SB494 to restructure Louisiana Economic Development (LED). The reorganization aims to create a business-friendly environment, enhancing Louisiana’s global competitiveness. 
  • The budget: HB2 and HB782 funded key Capital Region projects, including $85 million for transportation, $12.9 million for flood risk reduction, and $34 million for LSU Lakes refurbishment. Other funding includes $21.5 million for a health facility, $5 million for the Inspiration Center, and $500,000 for airport incentives. 

BRAC released its full 2024 legislative session wrap-up at brac.org/legislative-priorities/.  

About the Baton Rouge Area Chamber   

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) is a regional economic development organization with a bias for action. BRAC seeks to push Baton Rouge beyond the status quo, unleash its potential, and support a vibrant business community that believes the finish line does not exist. BRAC seeks to accelerate economic opportunity in the Baton Rouge Area, for everyone, through BRING IT! Baton Rouge, its five-year, regional strategic plan. Learn more about BRAC at brac.org

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