BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - While lawmakers argue over how to close Louisiana's massive deficit, four of the people they serve are trapped halfway around the world.
State Rep. Valarie Hodges, R-Denham Springs, said four people from Louisiana are stuck in Nepal and cannot find a way home following a devastating earthquake.
State Rep. John Schroder, R-Covington, said the state will donate $2,500 to Nepal through the Legislative Charity Fund. He made the announcement Thursday morning on the House floor.
Hodges joined him, asking each House member to make their own donation of $100.
"They're trying to rescue them," Hodges said. "The efforts have failed. It's a non-governmental rescue. It's a private rescue. So, I just want to ask you if you would contribute something to help go toward their rescue and help bring these Louisiana residents home."
Hodges added Nepal gave Louisiana $50,000 in aid after Hurricane Katrina.
More than 5,000 people died in last week's earthquake.