Monday, February 18, 2008

Roadblock: Loss of Free Tickets

Quote from Bobby Jindal in his victory speech on election night.
And some who've been feeding at the trough may not go quietly, but that is up to them. They can either go quietly or they can go loudly, but either way they will go.
Well Governor, they ain't going quietly!

From The Advocate
I've inserted my suggestions in red.

A bill that would do away with the freebie golf games and tickets that lawmakers and other elected officials can receive from lobbyists bogged down Monday in a House committee. Members of the House and Governmental Affairs Committee said they wanted to approve the bill, but they also wanted it to be clear what would be banned. For example, would they be able to attend high school basketball games in their districts for free? NO. Would they be able to go to chamber of commerce luncheons without paying? NO. What if they get offered free tickets from business colleagues, not in their roles as legislators?" Just for good measure, let's say NO. I don't want to have to come to the ethics board for an opinion every time I have one of these myriad of events," said Rep. Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans, who said she gets free invitations to museum fundraisers, church events and other foundation events in her district.

Suggestion for Ms Peterson - if everyone else pays, YOU pay. If you were not in the legislature would you pay? Sure you would. Now you're in the legislature - PAY. My god, they are frightened witless at the prospect of paying for something. One more thing - church events? Such as what, bingo or a spaghetti dinner?
Dear Lord, this is embarassing.

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