Governor John Bel Edwards, Senate President John Alario, Speaker Taylor Barras, Adams And Reese Hold CC73 Fundraiser
BATON ROUGE, La. — Over 120 politicians and former Constitutional delegates joined Governor John Bel Edwards, Senate President John Alario and Speaker Taylor Barras who held a fundraiser at the Baton Rouge office of the law firm of Adams and Reese to support the written account of Louisiana’s 1973 Constitutional Convention.
Among the distinguished guests were Boysie Bollinger, former Congressman Rodney Alexander, Senate President John Alario, Secretary of the Senate Glen Koepp, former Governor Edwin Edwards and Representatives Julie Stokes, Royce Duplessis, Jeff Hall, Mike Danahay, Joe Bouie and John Bagneris.
Based on a manuscript penned by Convention Chairman E.L. “Bubba” Henry and written with LaPolitics publisher Jeremy Alford, the forthcoming book will be published by CC73, a nonprofit organization overseen by former delegates who are also sharing their own stories.
All proceeds in concert with donations raised will be used to underwrite the book and to study and further the understanding of state constitutional law and political science at Louisiana State University.
During 1973 and early 1974, 132 elected and appointed delegates met in Baton Rouge to revise Louisiana's out-dated 1921 constitution at the Louisiana Constitutional Convention (CC73). Leading the group was Henry, who was then House Speaker and Convention Chairman and currently of counsel in the Adams and Reese Baton Rouge office. Also among the delegation from the firm was New Orleans partner Phil Bergeron, who was the youngest delegate serving and in law school at the time. The new Constitution was adopted by the voters on April 20, 1974, and became effective at midnight on Dec. 31, 1974.