According to Hines, the House Governmental Affairs Committee unanimously rejected this legislation for the second time in four years and in doing so, the committee did it on Wednesday within five minutes of debate.
Below is a statement From Rep. Walker Hines:
"Although I am disappointed, I can’t say that I’m surprised by the total lack of discussion and ‘quick kill’ of my legislation. The silence in the committee room was deafening. Despite numerous Legislators indicating support for my bill prior to the committee hearing, only one member had the courage to discuss the merits of my bill. Equally concerning, not one Legislator objected to the motion to kill my bill."
"As I finish my first and last term in the State Legislature and pursue other public service opportunities, I will continue to challenge the status quo, speak the truth, and fight for good government and increased transparency. In the future, I hope the public demands their elected officials adopt a complete ban for free gifts, drinks, or meals from lobbyists. Despite a strong endorsement of HB 453 by the Tea Party of Louisiana, it will take an even greater citizen outreach effort in the future to see this bill become law. Until that happens, lobbyists will continue to have considerable influence over elected officials."
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