Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of CommerceHosts Capitol Chats: 2023 Legislative Roundtable

Ruston, LA – The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce hosted the Capitol Chats: 2023 Legislative Roundtable event on Wednesday, August 16, 2023, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center. The featured speakers included Senator Stewart Cathey, Senator Jay Luneau, Senator Jay Morris, and Representative Chris Turner.

The state legislators discussed their success in securing funds for projects in Lincoln Parish during the last legislative session and fielded questions on issues ranging from insurance reform to economic development.

“On behalf of the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber, I want to thank the legislators for participating in this roundtable and discussing issues that impact our local community,” said Elizabeth Turnley, chair of the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. “The Chamber’s Capitol Chats are designed to provide opportunities for the business community to directly engage with our elected officials, and this event fostered a great discussion while enabling legislators to highlight the recent legislative outcomes that benefit Lincoln Parish.”

The event featured a question-and-answer session with the legislators moderated by William Dearmon, President and CEO of the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber. The topics covered included capital outlay projects, legacy-defining investments for Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University, addressing the challenges of violent crime, needed infrastructure improvements, the importance of prioritizing healthcare for women and infants, and more.

“We’re excited about our Capitol Chats events which provide meaningful conversations between our elected officials and the business community,” said Dearmon. “I appreciate each state legislator for joining us at this event and for their representation of Lincoln Parish in Baton Rouge. The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber is committed to working with our elected officials to support a thriving business community in our parish.”

The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber is hosting its next Capitol Chats event with U.S. Senator Bill
Cassidy on Wednesday, August 23 at University Hall on Louisiana Tech’s campus. For more
information about this upcoming event, visit