Louisiana Political News Wire
Lobbyists Stomaching Meal Limit Just Fine
Contrary to popular perception, lobbyists generally were pleased with the new $50 limit on wining and dining of legislators that was passed in the special session last week, said Sean Reilly, who was chairman of Jindal's advisory council on ethics and is a leader of the ethics-advocacy group Blueprint Louisiana.
In the Capitol on Tuesday as lawmakers were giving final passage to bills, Reilly applauded the accomplishments of the session on ethics. Blueprint, a private group that advocates ethics legislation and other public policy initiatives, had hired a team of lobbyists to push its cause. Reilly said lobbyists were telling him that the state should "please put reasonable limits" on the value of meals and drinks that lobbyists are allowed to spend on lawmakers and other state officials.
There was no spending restriction before the new legislation. The limit will take effect March 30, the day before the regular spring session begins.
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