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SB 1 by Sen. Dan Claitor would circumscribe the use of Tulane University scholarships by legislators. This entailed reversing a previous amendment from a previous meeting of the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee. It would not allow nomination of immediate family as defined by the Ethics Code, nor any elected official, nor members of their immediate families, nor federal elected officials, nor statewide elected officials. Additional criteria may be imposed by legislators, or it may be deferred to Tulane with preference to students residing in a legislator’s district and then financial need. Names of awardees and awarders would be published on the Legislature’s website, to which Tulane’s would link. It also would indicate any relationship to an official. It also allowed for a legislator to pass along a scholarship to another legislator’s district.
Sen. Jack Donahue asked why information about contributions was removed. Claitor said since that is reported elsewhere, it can be cross-checked, although some different names and the like might obscure that. Sen. Neil Riser said many local officials and family members from large population areas were still eligible; Claitor said he had no easy way to be able to exclude them and he didn’t think it would pass if he included them.
Without objection, it was reported favorably.