There are a lot of perks that go along with being an elected official in Louisiana. One you may not expect: Many get the option to purchase "best available" season tickets to LSU football games.
The LSU Board of Supervisors is scheduled to meet Friday and on its agenda is approval of complementary and priority ticket policies for VIPs, as part of a comprehensive ticket, parking and tradition fund policy that is being put in place. The section of the new policy is the same as the ticket options that elected officials currently have.
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Elected officials and selected appointees covered in the policy must still pay face value for tickets plus the required contribution based on the location of the seat, but they get access to some of the best views when the Tigers hit the field by virtue of their elected office. The priority seating stays with the office, so officials do not keep it when they are no longer in that role.
Here's how many LSU football season tickets officials have the option to purchase each year under the policy up for approval Friday (Page 435):
- Governor: 12
- Lieutenant governor: 12
- Secretary of State: 2
- Attorney General: 2
- Agriculture Commissioner: 2
- Education Superintendent: 2
- Insurance Commissioner: 2
- Each member of the Louisiana Congressional Delegation: 2
- Each member of the Louisiana Legislature: 2
- Louisiana House Clerk: 2
- Louisiana Senate Secretary: 2
- State Police Superintendent: 2
- Public Safety Secretary: 2
- Baton Rouge Mayor/President: 4
- Baton Rouge District Attorney: 2
- Baton Rouge Sheriff: 2
Additionally, elected officials get the option to purchase priority parking passes for LSU sporting events. (Page 437)
Others who have the option to purchase priority tickets include several categories of university officials.
The chairman of the Board of Supervisors can buy 12 season tickets, while other board members get 10. The university president has the option to purchase 16. Vice presidents and vice chancellors get 4.
Former LSU board members get the option to purchase 4. Former presidents or their widows, former athletic directors or their widows and former chancellors or their widows can purchase 2 at the priority level.