Thursday
May072015

ATTENTION LOUISIANA HORSEMEN

Thank you for your help in opposing Senate Bill 135.  The Louisiana HBPA delivered your petitions to the Senate Judiciary B Committee members and they voted to defer the Bill unanimously.  Please thank the members of the Senate Judiciary B Committee for protecting the interests of our industry.  Communicating your position to your Senators and Representatives is important and effective.  Our Legislators respond when they receive phone calls from Racing Industry participants.   Through the hard work of our Members, Board, President, and Staff, Louisiana will continue to be one of the top Horse Racing destinations in North America.

Thank you,
LAHBPA

Friday
May012015

Notice - Oppose SB 135

Louisiana HBPA Members:
The current Louisiana State Legislature is in session and an important bill, SB 135 by Senator Peacock, will be considered by the Senate Judiciary B Committee on Tuesday May 5, 2015. SB 135 will reduce the required race dates at Louisiana Downs by half. It is important that we contact members of this committee to express that we DO NOT want them to vote for this bill. Please contact the offices of Senators Morrell, Johns, Chabert, LaFleur, Peterson, and Smith to let them know we are opposed to Senate Bill 135. Attached is a list with the office numbers for these Senators.

Download SB 135

Download letter to senator opposing SB 135

Senate Judiciary B Committee Contact List

Senator

Dist

Office

Phone

Email

Jean-Paul J. Morrell
(Chairman)

3

6305 Elysian Fields Ave. Suite 404 New Orleans, LA 70122

(504) 284-4794

morrelljp@legis.la.gov

Ronnie Johns
(Vice-Chairman)

27

1011 Lakeshore Drive Suite 515 Lake Charles, LA 70601

(337) 491-2016

johnsr@legis.la.gov

Norbèrt N. "Norby" Chabert

20

P.O. Box 2417 Houma, LA 70361

(985) 858-2927

chabertn@legis.la.gov

Eric LaFleur

28

P.O. Box 617 Ville Platte, LA 70586

(337) 363-5019

lafleure@legis.la.gov

Karen Carter Peterson

5

1010 Common St. Suite 2510 New Orleans, LA 70112

(504) 568-8346

petersonk@legis.la.gov

Gary Smith

19

P.O Box 189 Norco, LA 70079

(985) 764-9122

smithgl@legis.la.gov

 

Thursday
Apr302015

ATTENTION LOUISIANA HORSEMEN

Thank you for your help in opposing House Bill 596. The Louisiana HBPA delivered your petitions to the House Commerce Committee members and they voted to defer the Bill by a large majority. Please thank the members of the House Commerce Committee for protecting the interests of our industry. Communicating your position to your Senators and Representatives is important and effective. Through the hard work of our Members, Board, President, and Staff, Louisiana will continue to be one of the top Horse Racing destinations in North America.

Thank you,
LAHBPA
Friday
Apr242015

Notice - Oppose HB 596

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS TO OPPOSE HOUSE BILL 596

This bill requires monies currently dedicated and remitted directly to the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (LHBPA) , the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA) , and the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association (LQHBPA) to be sent to the State Treasurer for deposit in the newly created Horse Industry Economic Sustainability Fund (HIES Fund).

• This bill is unnecessary because it imposes oversight on these funds which is all ready in place.
• The transfer of monies to the HIES Fund places those monies rightfully generated from our industry operations ( wagering, slots, and video poker from other racing facilities) under someone else’s control and may subject those monies to disbursement to others outside of racing who don’t deserve to share in these proceeds.
• The bill also transfers monies that the LTBA and LQHBPA receive to promote programs in the breeding industry. The breeding industry has an enormous economic impact on Louisiana through Breeders’ awards, job creation, and spending.
• The bill attacks funds that support your benefit programs. Please note that these programs go a long way to provide benefits and help those on the racetrack who cannot afford to help themselves.

HB 596 will be heard in the House Commerce Committee on TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2015 AT 9:00AM. Representative Joe Harrison is the author of the bill. 

PLEASE DO NOT DELAY IN CONTACTING ANY MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE OR ANY LEGISLATORS TO VOICE YOUR OPPOSITION TO HOUSE BILL 596 AS IT CAN BE DETRIMENTAL TO YOUR BENEFIT PROGRAMS AND PURSES!!  

PLEASE SIGN AND FILL OUT OUR FLYER “OPPOSITION TO HOUSE BILL 596” AND RETURN IT TO OUR FIELD OFFICES. WE WILL FORWARD YOUR VOICE TO OUR LEGISLATORS.



House Commerce Committee
Name City Office Phone e-mail
Erich E. Ponti Baton Rouge 225-362-5301 pontie@legis.la.gov
Kirk Talbot River Ridge 504-736-7299 talbotk@legis.la.gov
Thomas Carmody Shreveport 318-862-9956 carmodyt@legis.la.gov
Kenny R. Cox Natchitoches 855-844-8583 coxk@legis.la.gov
Jeffrey "Jeff" Hall Alexandria 318-487-5661 hallj@legis.la.gov
Lance Harris Alexandria 318-767-6095 harrisl@legis.la.gov
Kenneth E. Havard Jackson 225-634-7470 harvardk@legis.la.gov
Paul Hollis Covington 985-871-4680 hollisp@legis.la.gov
Katrina R. Jackson Monroe 318-362-5123 jacksonk@lgeis.la.gov
Blake Miguez Erath 337-937-8827 miguezb@legis.la.gov
John C. "Jay" Morris Monroe 318-362-4270 morrisjc@legis.la.gov
Stephen J. Ortego Carencro 337-886-4687 ortegos@legis.la.gov
Darrell P. Ourso Baton Rouge 225-756-3420 oursod@legis.la.gov
Vincent J. Pierre Lafayette 337-262-2330 pierrev@legis.la.gov
Edward J. Price Gonzales 225-644-6738 pricee@legis.la.gov
Stephen E. Pugh Ponchatoula 985-386-7844 pughs@legis.la.gov
Eugene Reynolds Minden 318-371-3092 reynoldsg@legis.la.gov
Ebony Woodruff Terrytown 504-361-6972 woodruffe@legis.la.gov
Chuck Kleckley Lake Charles 337-475-3016 larep036@legis.la.gov
Walt Leger III New Orleans 504-556-9970 legerw@legis.la.gov
Wednesday
Apr082015

In Memory of Ronald Keith Gee

R. Keith Gee, Esq, a lifelong resident of Metairie, Louisiana passed away on April 4, 2015 at the young age of 56. Beloved son of Lillie Hom Gee and the late Yeun Lin Gee. Brother of Cynthia “Cindy” G. Yee, DDS, brother-in-law of Darryl Yee and uncle / Godfather of Tommy Yee. Also survived by scores of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

After graduating from Jesuit High School in 1976, Keith entered Tulane University graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering in 1980. He obtained a Juris Doctorate from Tulane University School of Law in 1983. After a distinguished career with Texaco’s Legal Department, he served as an Assistant to a Jefferson Parish Councilman before joining the Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protection Association as its Executive Director.

Keith had many passions and loved life. First and foremost, he was devoted to caring for his mother. He also loved sports as evidenced by his life-long season tickets for the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans.He cherished his time coaching and mentoring generations of young athletes in the

Jefferson Parish Recreation Department. A Member of the athletic/social group OTMAC, Keith loved playing basketball. He rarely missed a major sporting event, attending dozens of World Series games, NCAA Final Fours, the Kentucky Derby, and Super Bowls, none better than the Saints’ 2009 Super Bowl win! He rarely missed opening day at the races, specifically attending opening weekend at Saratoga. He was a master-mind of horse racing handicapping, and had been known to play a hand or two of poker. He reveled in Mardi Gras whether throwing beads from a float or trying to avoid catching a bag of beads with the side of his head from his many friends. Keith often said that he was able to check off his bucket list many times over and had no regrets.

Having been diagnosed last December, Keith faced a short, hard fought battle with liver cancer with bravery. He underwent treatment at MD Anderson in Houston and continued at East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie with the love, assistance, and support of many family members and good friends. He passed peacefully in his sleep moments after his mother, Lillie and sister, Cindy were able to say their last “I love you”.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at The Chapel of the North American Martyrs, on the campus of Jesuit High School, 4133 Banks Street, New Orleans, LA 70119, on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. and on Saturday at The Chapel of the North American Martyrs (location above) from 10:00 am until service time. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the Chinese Presbyterian Church, 2901 W. Esplanade, Kenner, LA 70065 or to the memory of Keith Gee at Jesuit High School.

We wish to thank The Gayle and Tom Benson Foundation, as well as numerous other friends for their generous donations to Jesuit High School in memory of Keith. The Jesuit Math Department will now be named, The Keith Gee ’76 Mathematics Department, in his honor. The family appreciates the special care and generosity of Drs. Monty Glorioso and Mark Wegmann, as well as his many caregivers.

Arrangements entrusted to Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home.