As I have taken office, I have learned much about our municipality’s form of government, which is governed by the Lawrason Act. The Lawrason Act was adopted in 1898 to provide uniform guidelines to towns and villages for governing. Almost 250 towns and municipalities follow the Lawrason Act, Arnaudville being among them.
On several occasions, we ask our mayor and alderman to enact, or provide for many things, some of which require referring to the Lawrason Act. So, when the citizens ask, suggest, or demand that our town government act, those citizens are frustrated, sometime angry when they perceive that nothing is done. I have also been frustrated at times.
I am a firm believer that knowledge is power. I also believe that citizens have the obligation to engage their elected officials in a respectful, yet assertive way to get answers, reasons or results. One way to understand how your town governs is to refer to the Lawrason Act. I have included the link to what I believe is a great format that spells out the Lawrason Act, and how we utilize it in running our town. It is in a Q&A format, which I think makes it easier to read. I invite my fellow citizens to review it.