BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Bills keeping state lawmakers from leaving the Legislature and walking straight into state jobs have been unanimously killed by a House committee.
The bills by Rep. Jerome Richard (RIH' shard) of Thibodaux and Patricia Smith of Baton Rouge would block House and Senate members from taking jobs in state government for up to two years after they leave the Legislature.
Smith of Baton Rouge said the measures are needed to counter concerns among voters that lawmakers get state jobs for political reasons instead of qualifications.
Rep. Gregory Miller of Norco complained that the bills imply that lawmakers are doing something wrong by taking state jobs. A motion to hold both bills in the House and Governmental Affairs Committee passed without objection Wednesday. The motion effectively kills the measures.