Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Louisiana: Petitions filed against East Baton Rouge Parish School Board Member

East Baton Rouge Parish School Board member Connie Bernard is facing petitions apparently filed by other members of the board. Board member Dadrius Lanus is cited as leading the charge. Bernard criticized attempts to change the name of a high school named after Robert E. Lee, calling on people to "learn a little more" about Lee. She since apologized for those comments. There is also claims that she was online shopping during the naming debate meeting.

Petitioners need more than 8,000 signatures in 180 days, which is significantly less than was needed under the pre-2018 law of 33 1/3% of registered voters.

The article does update the list of recalls in Louisiana. There have been 117 since 1966, 73 resulting in removal, 30 survived and 14 were not held or disallowed (perhaps due to resignation).

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