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August 2015
 2015 Annual Convention
November 4-6, 2015
Bourbon Orleans Hotel

Annual Convention Speakers: 
Sec. Tim Barfield, LA Department of Revenue
Commissioner Troy Hebert, Alcohol & Tobacco Control
Scott Ramminger, 
President & CEO, Convenience Distribution Association

Make Your Hotel Reservations Today: 

The room block discounted rate at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel for the nights of  Tuesday, November 23- Thursday, November 5, 2015 is $159.00 and Friday, November 6, 2015 is $189.00 for a King or Double bed room. The deadline date to receive the group rate is Tuesday, October 6, 20145. Reservations may be made by calling   (866) 513-9744. 

Please mention that you are with the  Louisiana Association of Wholesalers to ensure you receive the group rate. 

Thank You to our Current 2015 
Convention and Annual Sponsors!

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A Word From Your Executive Director
2015 Legislative Session 
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The 2015 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature was very active one for the Louisiana Association of Wholesalers. There were a number of tobacco tax bills that had the potential to cripple our industry. In addition, proposals that were moving through the legislative process were subject to being amended in a way that would have harmed our ability to do business in the State of Louisiana. There were numerous attempts to place hostile amendments on to bills that had otherwise been negotiated. Amendments to add a floor tax to the cigarette and vapor legislation (HB 119) and to eliminate our stamping discount were offered and accepted in the Senate. We were able to strip the floor tax amendment in the House and allow the bill that eliminated our stamping discount to die on the House Floor. We were also able to pass two other bills that provided for a new minimum pricing formula and a bad debt bill.
We had a very successful legislative session in 2015. We were able to manage our tobacco tax, avoid effort to add detrimental language to tobacco bills moving through the process and pass two significant pieces of legislation. In 2015, the entire legislature and all statewide offices are on the ballot. We expect a hotly contested Governor's race as well as nearly every statewide office. We also expect a significant turnover in the Louisiana Legislature. A number of legislators are terming out and others are opting out of running for reelection. The 2015 Regular Session was one of the most contentious sessions in Louisiana history. LAW was one of the few groups that was able to work through the process and improve our position as an industry. As we turn our attention to the Fall Elections, we are well positioned to continue our success as an industry.
Pay careful attention to your local legislative races and get involved. With a high turnover in the legislature and a new Governor in 2016, we will need all the help we can get. Every vote counts and every legislator is that potential vote in the process. 
 ATC 2015 Legislative Wrap-UP


Please see the below link with a summary of the 2015 Legislation affecting Alcohol and Tobacco Control in Louisiana. 


Click Here to View the Summary

 "We Card" Awareness Month

September 2015 

The Convenience Distribution Association (CDA) is promoting the upcoming "We Card" Awareness Month" during the month of September. 
The "We Card" Training program is dedicated to combating underage smoking. The CDA is urging state associations to share these important promotional materials with their members and any retail customers and other stakeholders you think might be interested. 

Legislative Spotlight
Representative Lance Harris

Rep. Harris was integral in passing proactive legislation for the industry as well as our advocate for no floor tax in the 2015 Legislative Session. 

Rep. Harris is up for Re-Election this year. We urge you to support his campaign and thank him for his great work during the session!  

R-District 25

Business Executive

Northwestern State University and Louisiana College


Louisiana Association of Wholesalers

P.O. Box 82531

Baton Rouge, LA 70884

Phone: (225) 767-7640    Fax: (225) 767-7648

Board of Directors


Jack Casanova,


Hugh Raetzsch,

Vice President


Wayne Baquet, 





David Tatman, 

Executive Director




Association Manager


Marissa Ruffino,

Association Manager



Contact Info

P.O. Box  82531

Baton Rouge, LA 70884