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LEGISLATOR ProfILe Sun Always Shining on Hardworking Riser by DL Stokelorn among the episodes that stand out as senator H. neil riser's forma- tive moments is a sideline exchange with his position coach, the late W. Fox McKeithen, as Caldwell parish High was locked in a battle against football powerhouse richwood High school. Caldwell parish was trailing, but the score was close and a defensive stop would keep the game in reach. during a timeout, riser, a senior linebacker who led the defensive huddle, turned to McKeithen for the next play. "every dollar in which the price of oil goes up or down makes $12.5 million worth of difference to the state. When the price of oil falls, rigs start stacking. Companies fulfill their contractual obligations and then the layoffs start." 42 | loGa INDUSTRY REPORT | Fall 2015 McKeithen was among a select few who often called Riser by his first name, Hartwell, and he did so as he put his hand on Riser's shoulder. "Fox looks at me and says, 'Hartwell, I'll tell you what we are going to do,'" he recounts. Except McKeithen remained silent for a time, and as the moment stretched out, Riser's teammates began to huddle up on the field without him. For a moment, he turned his gaze away from the teammates who were desperately motioning for him to join them on the field and his eyes met those of McKeithen, who gave his young charge a surprisingly simple strategy. "He says, 'You go back out there and do what you think is right.'" Riser can't remember what he called ("Probably a blitz or a stunt,") nor can he recall the outcome of the play that immediately followed ("We ended up getting beat, but it wasn't because of that drive; we just didn't score anymore,") but McKeithen's sage advice in an intense moment always stuck with him. Whether it has been during family life with his wife, Vicki, and daughters, Emilie and Allison; his work as a timber hand and then as a business owner; or in the halls and the floor of the Louisiana Senate; Riser continues to call to mind the straightforward words of McKeithen - who himself would precede Riser into politics and eventually serve five terms as Louisiana Secretary of State. do What you think is right "I have thought about that at some key moments," he says. "It's true." Of course, the right public policy call can be even tougher to discern than a play on the gridiron. For a legislator in a state that has faced some dire fiscal straits in recent years, Riser acknowledges that, no matter the direction he and other policymakers choose, many voices will protest. From the appropriations end of things, much of Louisiana's budget is constitutionally predetermined, which ties lawmakers' hands but also shields them from difficult choices. "As soon as we start talking about touching dedications, each group speaks up about its portion of the pie," Riser says. "Going through that will force us to make some tough decisions. The same is true from the revenue end, he advises, which means Louisiana needs to tackle comprehensive, long-term tax reform, a project likely to spread itself over more than a single session. "We have tax credits and rebates that have been on the books since the 1930s," he says. "We have to look at whether those meet the original legislative intent. In my mind, those rebates or credits exist to help

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of LOGA Industry Report - Fall 2015

Chairman’s Corner
President’s Perspective
North Louisiana Notes
Comments from the Commissioner
From the DNR Secretary’s Desk
From the LDWF Secretary’s Desk
Comments from Congress
Legislator Profile: Senator H. Neil Riser
LOUISIANA GUBERNATORIOL RACE QUIET SO FAR
IT'S LOUISIANA'S FAVORITE SEASON- ELECTION SEASON!
LEGISLATIVE LANES TO VICTORY
LOGPAC ELECTION ENDORSEMENTS
THE COTTON VALLEY: A PLAY THAT'S GETTING BETTER ALL THE TIME
Reflections on the Ever-Changing Oil and Gas Industry
CAMERON LNG NEW LIQUEFACTION FACILITIES A WIN-WIN
Court Watch: A Silver Lining in the BP Settlement
LOUISIANA LEGISLATURE PASSES NEW LAW ON DRILLING UNITS
A SUMMER OF ENERGY DISCONTENT IN WASHINGTON DC
WEATHERING THE STROM, FOCUSED ON THE FUTURE
LAGCOE 2015
OPPORTUNITY FOR CONTINUED LAWSUIT REFORM
Leadership Development: EXCELERANT
Workforce Development: Illustrating Industry Support for STEM Education
4th Annual LOGA Sporting Clays
2015 LAGCOE Open Golf Tournament
Oilfield Service Auction Preview
Member Services Spotlight: From Websites to Mobile Apps, Envoc is Making ‘A Better Reality’ for Clients
Petroleum Facts at a Glance
New Members
Index of Advertisers/ Advertisers.com

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