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.
House Bill 308: www.legis.la.gov
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4/19/2017 12:20:42 PM (GMT -5:00)