Lawmakers on the Louisiana House ethics committee agreed Tuesday that volunteers for minor boards and commissions shouldn’t have to follow state ethics rules that require the annual disclosure of financial information.
Senate Bill 87 by Sen. Jonathan Perry, R-Kaplan, nearing final passage, would give an exemption to people who don’t receive compensation or per diem for their service and who serve on a board that doesn’t have the authority to spend more than $50,000 a year.
The current law, Perry said, discourages people from wanting to volunteer for small museum and library boards. He mentioned a constituent who served on a local board and faced a hefty fine from the state ethics board for not filing the financial disclosure.
“As a true volunteer, this constituent can’t afford $20, much less a $1,500 fine,” he said.
The Senate-backed bill received support without objection from the House and Governmental Affairs Committee. It heads next to the full House for consideration.