Work to begin on home rule charter for Pointe Coupee Parish

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NEW ROADS, La. (AP) – It took more than six years, but the Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury has finally warmed up to the idea of giving its residents a chance to reshape the parish’s governmental structure.

The Advocate reports parish leaders will meet this week to work out the criteria by which the Police Jury will appoint an 11-member Home Rule Charter Commission. It would make Pointe Coupee the 25th parish in the state to shift from a police jury form of government to a parish president and parish council system.

The Police Jury last week voted 8-2 in favor of creating the Home Rule Charter Commission.

Past attempts were overwhelmingly rejected by jurors since 2009, mostly because a majority rejected such a drastic change to the parish government.

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