The group will go over numerous proposed changes to local government, including reports taken from two previous similar committees and ideas from groups like the Ascension Citizens Group and the Ascension Republican Parish Executive Committee.
All members of the Ascension Parish Council have announced who will serve for their district on the Home Rule Charter Revision Committee.
The committee was established to review the structure of parish government amid a recommendation from the group A Better Ascension to replace the parish president position with a qualified parish manager appointed by the council. However, the group will go over numerous proposed changes to local government, including reports taken from two previous similar committees and ideas from groups like the Ascension Citizens Group and the Ascension Republican Parish Executive Committee.
Voters will recognize some big political names on the list, including former-Parish President Tony Martinez, who was appointed to the committee by District 9 Councilman Todd Lambert. Former-state representative Roy Quozair was appointed by District 1 Councilman Oliver Joseph. District 6 Councilman Randy Clouatre appointed former-school board member Harrold Jarreau.
District 3 Councilman Daniel Satterlee appointed Wade Petite of the Pelican Post. District 5 Councilman Dempsey Lambert appointed local businessman Brian Trosclair, who also serves on the board for ABA.
Parish President Kenny Matassa appointed Van Lambert to serve in his place. District 3 Councilman Travis Turner appointed Michael Burnett. District 10 Councilman John Cagnolatti appointed Liz Laurent. District 11 Councilman Benny Johnson appointed Rodney Hernandez.
Three council members decided against appointing proxies to the committee, saying they wanted to ensure an unbiased approach was taken in looking into the proposals. Council chairman Bill Dawson of District 2 will serve on the committee himself, as will District 7 Councilman Aaron Lawler and District 8 Councilwoman Terri Casso.
The 12-person committee was established following a failed attempt to get a change to the HRC on the ballot last year. Since then, ABA has pushed for a new system by holding public meetings on the matter. The parish council decided on a 8-1 vote, with two members absent, to commission the committee to review all proposed changes to the structure of local government. Dawson called the committee a diverse group of people with different views and backgrounds representing all regions of the parish.
The first meeting of the Home Rule Charter Revision Committee will be held March 15 in the Ascension Parish Courthouse in Gonzales at 5 p.m. ahead of the parish council meeting.
Follow Halen on Twitter: @LikeVanHalen