Mar 10, 2014 7:01 PM by Akeam Ashford
Governor Bobby Jindal and state lawmakers are back at the state capitol, marking the start of the legislative session.
"When I took office six years ago, we faced immense challenges," Jindal said in his opening address to lawmakers. "Each of you and the people of Louisiana accepted this challenge and we took it head on. With your help and with the persistence and passion of the people of Louisiana, I'm proud of the work we have done."
If you ask Acadiana's delegation what's the top priority this session, the answer is always the same--education.
"I'm looking forward to hearing what comes up with Common Core," said Rep. Mike Huval, R-Breaux Bridge. "It's very important because it has to deal with our children. I haven't made any decisions yet, because I'm waiting to hear what comes from the committees."
Rep. Stephen Ortego, D-Carencro, says the delegation would like to use a portion of the state's $163-million-dollar surplus to complete the I-49 Corridor.
Other proposals from the delegation calls for more funding for the Acadiana Crime Lab and for CODOFIL to preserve the French language in Louisiana.
Rep. Terry Landry, D-Lafayette, says aging infrastructure is another issue affecting Acadiana that will be addressed during the session.
"Acadiana is the hub for the oil industry, for the agriculture industry, and we need to make sure that our infrastructure is ready to accept the challenges for the 21st century jobs," Landry said.