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Reform Legislation - Side Tracked - Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Half of “Reform” Legislation Side-Tracked
 
The House and Governmental Affairs Committee of the Louisiana Legislature voted down, by an 11 to 6 vote, an effort to impose term limits on Louisiana’s school boards. It also deferred, at the author’s request, proposed legislation that would revise anti-nepotism laws. It was apparent that there were insufficient numbers in support, when Rep. Carter (BR) sought deferral.
 
LSBA responded to these two challenges to local authority with a strong presence in the Capitol. The bills were endorsed by the administration and the BESE but found few committee members sympathetic.
 
The majority expressed the conviction that the term limits legislation was an effort to substitute local initiative with a “big brother”, state knows best policy.