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Today, our Nation mourns the loss of a trailblazer, not only in the field of law, but in the history of our country. Ruth Bader Ginsburg served more than 27 years as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She was a loving wife to her late husband Martin, and a caring mother to her two children Jane and James. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an inspiration to all Americans. Having lost her older sister and mother before graduating high school, she entered law school as both a wife and a mother, and one of the few women in her class. After graduating from law school in 1959, she worked tirelessly for more than 34 years as a litigator and jurist and, in 1993, she became jus

LaMATS Brownfield Assessment Program Underway

Brownfield sites are real properties prevented from full use, sale or redevelopment by the presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant. LaMATS has partnered with leading expert Dr. John Sutherlin, Ph.D., of the CAID Group in a pilot brownfield assessment program to assist local governments in securing Federal EPA funds for site remediation. A limited number of free brownfield assessments will identify properties in select municipalities in need of environmental remediation and sources of funding to complete it. To inquire about participation in the program, contact LaMATS Executive Director Cliff Palmer at: cpalmer@lamats.net.

Town of White Castle Upgrades Water Meters Through LPS Partnerships

The Town of White Castle announces the upgrade of 750 water meters and the related Automatic Meter Infrastructure. The installation was completed in early July 2020. “This upgrade will allow meters to be read and monitored from a central location,” stated John Morris III, Mayor. “The result is the utility will operate more efficiently while improving service to our customers.” Core & Main provided the metering solution including project design and installation. Government Capital Corporation, Southlake, Texas provided the financing for the project. “Government Capital’s expertise and experience was a great value to our project,” stated John Morris III. “Their knowledge of public sector fi

Remembering September 11

LaMATS reminds all Louisiana local governments and others flying the American flag that proper remembrance of the tragedies of September 11, 2001, requires that the Nation’s flag be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, September 11 (Patriot Day).

State of Emergency Call Restrictions Impact LaMATS MDR Service

According to a notice released by the Louisiana Public Service Commission, debt collection calls are prohibited in Louisiana due to the Emergency Declaration for communities affected by Hurricane Laura. The relevant portion of the notice reads: “…During a state of emergency as declared by the governor, while the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness requires the Louisiana Public Service Commission to report to the Emergency Operations Center ("EOC"), no telephonic solicitor shall engage in any form of telephonic solicitation…The state of emergency, 108 JBE 2020 extends from August 21, 2020, through September 20, 2020, unless terminated sooner.” This order effectively suspend


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