Governor Jindal Signs Act 427
BISCO worked with the Louisiana Legislature to pass the Clarity Act: Act 427 in the 2014 Legislative Session.
What will this bill do for you?
As of June 1st 2015, All Insurance Companies that sell home owners insurance will have to post their profit and losses on the La. Department of Insurance website, by parish and zip code. http://www.ldi.state.la.us/
What does this mean for you?
For the first time citizens in Louisiana will have a tool to compare their own home owners’ rates with surrounding communities, while seeing the profit and loss of the insurance industries. This transparency will help home-
owners to understand the reason for the cost of their insurance. For more information contact BISCO at (985) 492-8268 or any of our Community Organizers.
Our community-wide accomplishments include:
- Free vouchers for underprivileged children to attend swimming lessons provided by the City of Thibodaux’s Recreation Department (50 provided this year!), for the Thirteenth year in a row!
- Creation of TREC-UP, a Thibodaux Recreation Department program for people with special needs and disabilities
- Maintaining diverse demographics of all meetings, forums and projects
- Creation and Distribution of over 60,000 copies of our Family Emergency Plan template
- BISCO Junior’s annual Christmas Toy Drive with Indian Santa
- Storage Shed Project providing resource distribution to needy families
- Financial Literacy Trainings for Families and Fishermen
Our regional acomplishments include:
- Legislative Field Trips to Baton Rouge and Washington, DC
- 14 Community Forums for Information and Resource Sharing after BP Oil Disaster
- Resource Distribution after Hurricanes Katrina-Rita-Gustav-Ike -Isaac
- Resource Referral since BP Oil Disaster
- Public Outreach and Education Programs on multiple issues in communities
- Eco-History Tours for public advocacy and education
- Successful organization of volunteer-run shelter at NSU after Hurricanes Katrina-Rita
Our national accomplishments include:
- National acknowledgement of coastal Louisiana as a Regional Environmental Justice Community to assist with systemic changes and funding opportunities for coastal communities
Sharon Gauthe Selected for Common Cause Board
October 6, 2012
Common Cause Louisiana elected board members for the 2012-2013 year. BISCO is excited to announce that Executive Director Sharon Gauthe was selected to serve on the board.
RESTORE Act Passes
October 2, 2012
"Louisiana First Hire" Legislation Passes
BISCO was very active in urging the Lafourche Parish Council to pass a resolution to advance the "Louisiana First Hire" legislation. The resolution was passed, and the legislation was signed into effect by Governor Jindal in June of 2012.
2012 Speakers & Presentations
BISCO hosted Katie G. from Alaska's "Children of the Spills" at a gathering in Chauvin and another in Grand Isle to speak to children and parents of the BP Oil Spill about ways to cope and things to look out for.
Sharon Chosen for National Commission
July 10, 2010
BISCO (Bayou Interfaith Shared Community Organizing) Director, Sharon Gauthe has been chosen to be one of the presenters in the Community Impacts panel for the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.
COASTAL LOUISIANA NAMED A REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE COMMUNITY!
For several years, BISCO has advocated across the country that coastal Louisiana is a "Regional Environmental Justice Community" based on several factors:
- We are a very unique population in that we are the least transient population in the country and most of our residents can trace their ancestors back in this region for hundreds of years; we have high levels of illiteracy and poverty; we are uniquely voiceless in our abilities to address environmental harms and dangers.
We live in a very unique environment in that we are the only place on the North American Continent that can boast the delta of the Mississippi River and the prolific natural resources which abound in this environment.
We hold the disastrous record of having the fastest rate of coastal land loss in the world and in urgent danger of environmental destruction because of it; and of course now we face the impacts of the oil drilling disaster in the Gulf as well.
BISCO Representatives selected by Environmental Protection Agency
Executive Assistant Patty Whitney has been selected by the Environmental Protection Agency to serve as the Coastal Communities Ambassador for the State of Louisiana to the EPA's Gulf of Mexico Program. We are sure this will be a great advantage to our local communities in addressing their concerns for the coast.
Congratulations also go out to BISCO Leader Chief Albert Naquin, Chief of the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw, who has been chosen as the EPA's Tribal Ambassador for the State of Louisiana to the Gulf of Mexico Project as well!