Gov. John Bel Edwards left Sunday for a five-day trip to Carmel, travel/" 1378 target="_blank">California, to attend a conference put on by the Louisiana Association for Justice, a trial lawyers organization.
Edwards’ office said the excursion is a “personal trip” and the state is not covering the cost of the governor’s travel. His political action committee, John Bel Edwards for Louisiana Leadership, is paying for it.
The governor has a Louisiana State Police security detail that travels with him. Even if the state isn’t covering Edwards’ bill, public funding will be used to pay for his troopers’ travel expenses and overtime during the trip.
The event that Edwards is attending has been described on the association’s website as a “post-legislative conference” where the organization is offering continuing legal education. Attorneys, including Edwards, must take continuing legal education courses in order to keep their law licenses.
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The governor is participating in some of the conference’s panels, including one on political redistricting, according to his office.
Other panel topics include the Legislature’s updates to election laws and torts, according to a schedule on the association’s website. Sen. Jay Luneau, D-Alexandria, is leading a discussion on labor law and workers’ compensation.
There are also scheduled “legislative updates” from the Louisiana Senate and House, though it’s not clear who is providing that information.
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Clarification: The governor’s office previously said his political nonprofit, A Stronger Louisiana, was paying for the trip. They later clarified that his political action committee, John Bel Edwards for Louisiana Leadership, paid for his travel.
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