Ethics exception for Louisiana State Police leader advances

Courtesy: MGN Online
Courtesy: MGN Online

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An ethics exemption to allow the son of Louisiana's new state police leader to continue working as a trooper has started advancing in the state House.

The special carve-out in anti-nepotism laws is aimed at addressing a conflict that emerged when Gov. John Bel Edwards named Col. Kevin Reeves as state police interim superintendent.

Reeves' son is a state trooper but hadn't been with the agency for a full year as required by ethics law to stay with the agency.

The bill by Winnfield Rep. Jack McFarland would move the employment requirement to four months for a trooper whose immediate family member becomes agency leader.

The proposal was approved without objection Wednesday by the House and Governmental Affairs Committee and heads to the full House.

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House Bill 308: www.legis.la.gov

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4/19/2017 12:20:42 PM (GMT -5:00)