Local governmental structure varies among parishes, towns, cities, and rural areas. Out of Louisiana’s 64 parishes, 40 are governed by a police jury association while the other 24 operate under a home-rule charter form of government.
A police jury is headed by a President and the elected members are called jurors. Most police juries are located in rural parishes. Of the 24 home-rule charter parishes, they vary between council-president, commission, consolidated, and city-parish forms of government. A home-rule charter means that the state gives legislative authority to the parish to conduct government business (pass laws and ordinances) throughout the parish, including incorporated and unincorporated areas.
|Police Jury Form:
|Home Rule Charter:
|St. John the Baptist
|West Baton Rouge
|East Baton Rouge
Local governments make environmental decisions usually in the form of planning and zoning, public works, and emergency preparedness. To address an environmental issue or concern, start with your local government or local OHSEP office. From there, you may need to contact state or federal offices such as LDEQ or EPA. If you still need help, you may then need to contact state and federal legislators. See the Appendix for a broad listing of topics and their points of contact. Navigating this process can seem overwhelming when you are facing an environmental challenge but non-profit organizations, like LEAN, can be a valuable resource for guidance and support. Be sure to reach out(see contact information on back cover) for their assistance; they are here to help.
The Louisiana Citizens’ Guide To Environmental Engagement