Kathleen Blanco is taking some heat for allegedly using various politicians as a backdrop for the start of her special session. Be that as it may:
...Blanco has included two housing issues on the agenda, as well as consolidation of governmental and court agencies in Orleans Parish; consolidating levee boards in South Louisiana; and setting in law the state agency she created to oversee Louisiana's hurricane recovery.
State officials said the events Monday will include a lobbyist-sponsored lunch before the buses leave from the Capitol and a reception at the Convention Center after Blanco's speech. Dozens of legislators have toured the area, some as individuals, others as members of committees, but an exact count of the lawmakers who have viewed the destruction was not available, legislative and administration officials said.
"I know many legislators have toured Louisiana's devastated coast to see firsthand the massive recovery efforts that are under way," Blanco said in a letter to lawmakers released Wednesday. "If we are called to encourage economic progress, educational vitality and quality health care, then our leadership must be united and personally involved in the struggle to lead this state toward healing and prosperity..."