Good morning, residents of East BatonRouge Parish! Early voting for the October 2015 primary election begins tomorrow from 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM and runs weekdays and Saturdays until October 17th.
Got questions about your early vote location? Check out the Secretary of State’s Early Voting, In Person guide to find the address of the registrar of voters office near you. They’ve also got a sample ballot with full text of the amendments up for renewal available through the Voter Portal – you just have to provide your address.
To learn more about the library’s presence on the ballot, please refer to the Dedicated Library Tax Millage FAQ posted on our website – and if you want even more information than that, call your friendly neighborhood librarians at (225) 231-3750!
And just in case you can’t make it next week, don’t forget:
It’s Mardi Gras time again, and taking in a parade is the perfect pastime in between library visits. Below is the schedule for this year’s parades. Click the name of the parade to see the route.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Library and its community partners present the Winter/Spring 2009 One Book/One Community selection:
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines.
The kickoff event for this community reading project is Saturday, February 7, at the Red Stick Farmer’s Market. There are numerous events scheduled, including a Gala Evening with Ernest Gaines at Baton Rouge Community College on Thursday, February 12, at 6:30 pm. Gaines will be joined by Chancellor Myrtle Dorsey, student film directors, critics and scholars for a panel discussion and a screening of A Lesson Before Dying at the Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion.
Complete list of One Book/One Community events
So many different agencies handle consumer complaints, that it’s confusing to figure out which agency you should complain to. For example, should you contact the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office or the Public Service Commission? There’s so much division of jurisdiction that one might be tempted to file a complaint about it. 😉 But before you do that, try looking at some of the following charts and links as a guide.
The Baton Rouge Better Business Bureau handles complaints that involve buyers and sellers, where there is an item that has been sold or has been advertised for sale. Complaints may be filed by either a consumer or another business.
The Better Business Bureau will not handle:
- Anonymous complaints
- Allegations of discrimination or violations of constitutional rights
- Complaints involving professionals such as lawyers or doctors (unless it involves billing procedures)
- Debt collection
- Disputes that are already in litigation
BBB of South Central Louisiana
Phone: (225) 346-5222
Fax: (225) 346-1029
748 Main Street
Baton Rouge LA 70802
Most complaints against businesses located in Louisiana should be directed to the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office. However, complaints about certains types of businesses, such as utility companies, for example, will be directed to other agencies. Refer to the following chart.
Complaints against medical professionals should be filed with the appropriate licensing or regulatory agency. Refer to the following chart to find the correct agency, with a link to their website and contact information.
|Type of professional
||Regulatory board or agency
|Physicians (MD and D0)
Clin Exercise Physiologists
Clin Laboratory Personnel
Occupational Therapy Assistants
Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners
630 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Louisiana State Board of Chiropractic Examiners
8621 Summa Avenue, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70809
|Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA)
Louisiana State Board of Nursing
17373 Perkins Rd
Baton Rouge LA 70810
Louisiana State Board of Dentistry
365 Canal St, Suite 2680, New Orleans LA 70130
Louisiana State Board of Optometry Examiners
P.O. Box 555
Oakdale, LA 71463
|Licensed Practical Nurses
Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners
3421 N Causeway Blvd, Ste 505
Metairie, LA 70002
Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists
8280 YMCA Plaza, One Oak Square, Bldg 8B, Baton Rouge LA 70810
Here’s some miscellaneous state agencies:
The following federal agencies handle consumer complaints.
- FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection Complaint Form: The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, collects complaints about companies, business practices, identity theft, and episodes of violence in the media.
- US Consumer Product Safety Commission: Consumer Product Incident Report: Report an unsafe product to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission such as an injury or death involving a consumer product. The exceptions are automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, car seats, foods, medicines, cosmetics and medical devices (see below).
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Report a Vehicle, Tire, Child Restraint, or Vehicle Equipment Safety Problem: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has jurisdiction over automobiles, tires (and all automobile parts), trucks and motorcycles, and child restraint systems.
- US Food and Drug Administration: How to Report Problems With Products Regulated by FDA: The FDA regulates food, medicines, medical devices (from bandages to artificial hearts), blood products, vaccines, cosmetics, veterinary drugs, animal feed, and electronic products that emit radiation (such as microwave ovens and video monitors).