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Legislation Targets Public Officials


Several bills in the upcoming legislative session target public officials — the good along with the bad. House Bill 72 by Rep. John Labruzzo, R-Metairie, would ban public officials from receiving retirement benefits if they're convicted of a "public corruption crime." Rep. Tony Ligi, R-Metairie, has introduced a similar measure. His House Bill 69 is a proposed constitutional amendment that would cover public officials and employees convicted of "felony acts associated with their positions." House Bill 51 by Rep. Simone B. Champagne, D-Jeanerette, is another constitutional amendment that would have to be approved by voters as well as lawmakers. It seeks to level a discrepancy between the term of service of the governor, who is limited to two four-year terms, and other statewide elected officials, who have no term limits. Champagne's bill would institute a limit of three consecutive terms, or 12 years, for all statewide elected officials except the governor. The session convenes on March 29. — Jeremy Alford

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