A bill aimed at banning last-minute salary increases from out-going governors was OKed by the Louisiana Senate on Monday and heads to the House for consideration.
Senate Bill 57, by State Sen. Wesley Bishop, D-New Orleans, is seemingly a reaction to raises given to Department of Transportation and Development employees in the final few days of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration.
Former DOTD Secretary Sherri LeBas gave a 4 percent raise to nearly 4,200 employees costing the state $8.6 million for the next fiscal year.
At least three other agencies made similar moves: the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Department of Environmental Quality and the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.
SB 57 says no unclassified employees in the executive branch can receive raises between the day of the governor’s election and the day of the inauguration, unless the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget approve it.
The bill also requests the same rules be adopted by the State Civil Service Commission.