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Gearing up for the 2017 Legislative Session(s)

Posted By Cindy Bishop, Checkmate Strategies, Thursday, February 2, 2017



From: Checkmate Strategies []

Subject: A Note from Cindy Bishop ~ Checkmate Strategies




January 25, 2017


The 2017 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature will be here before we know it. The fiscal only session begins on Monday, April 10th. 2017 being an odd numbered year will have a sixty day fiscal only session. However, lawmakers can file up to five non-fiscal bills. That alone gives us the possibility of monitoring 720 non-fiscal (general) bills during the upcoming Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature.


Additionally, Governor John Bel Edwards is expected to call state lawmakers into a two-week special session in mid-February to address a budget deficit of $300 million for the current fiscal year.


The Regular Legislative Session will begin on Monday, April 10, 2017 and must adjourn no later than 6 PM on June 8, 2017

* Pre-filing deadline - 3/31 5 PM

* Late Filing deadline for the House - Tuesday, 4/18 6 PM

* Late Filing deadline for the Senate - Tuesday, 4/18 6 PM


Checkmate Strategies is poised to help you and your members succeed this year. We provide customized advocacy training for board members, volunteers and staff.

Advocacy Training.pdf

Additionally, Checkmate Strategies provides legislative tracking services and lobbying.

We are blessed that Checkmate Strategies will celebrate our 22nd year in operation on February lst of this year. We have had the privilege to work on many high profile legislative campaigns and have a track record of success. Both Cindy Bishop, President and Michael Willis, VP of Business Development, are registered lobbyists and we spend our days at the Louisiana State Capitol every day that the state lawmakers are in legislative session.

David Roberson serves as our Director of Operations and he also is a registered lobbyist. Sarah Heath handles most of the aspects of our association management operation including membership recruitment and retention, communications, financial management and website management.

We would love the opportunity to work with you and help you to instill your values and ideals into the Legislative Process.



Most Sincerely,

Cindy Bishop, President

Checkmate Strategies

(225) 933-5435 Cell



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