Special group will address why 'they' can't all get along

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Posted: Dec 3, 2013 9:45 PM by Ryan Naquin
Updated: Dec 3, 2013 9:45 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: LIVINGSTON, Livingston Parish Council, commission, parish president, parish home rule charter, Chance Parent, administration, council, Layton Ricks, Ryan Naquin

LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish Council has created a commission in an effort to stop the bickering with the parish president.

The commission will make suggested changes to the parish's home rule charter.

"What we are doing is hopefully they are bringing some amendments that will be clear and cut," Councilman Chance Parent said. "You know what's the job of the president; the job of the administration; the job of the council."

Parent said the 25-year-old charter needs changes because it is outdated.

But, Parish President Layton Ricks disagreed.

"The charter is not the problem," Ricks said. "The problem is egos, attitudes, personalities and that horrible word politics."

Ricks skipped the commission meeting even though he was invited. Denham Springs Mayor Jimmy Durbin went as Ricks' representative.

"I knew if I went, all we were going to do was discuss and argue about the political changes that needed to be made," Ricks said.

At the meeting, the commission elected Durbin as the chairman.

The group will meet twice a month with the hopes of making amendments to put on the October 2014 ballot. The public will make the ultimate decision on which amendments, if any, are put into place.

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