House committee advances bill creating exemption to LSP nepotism law

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Lawmakers quickly advanced a bill Wednesday morning at the Louisiana State Capitol that could change the future of hiring for Louisiana State Police.

A House committee passed HB 308, which creates an exception to an existing nepotism law. If passed it would prevent the son of interim State Police superintendent from serving as a state trooper. That's because it would change the current employment requirement to four moths for a trooper whose immediate family member becomes an agency leader.

The son of Col. Kevin Reeves, the current interim superintendent of LSP, was among 46 cadets who graduated to trooper status earlier this month.

The proposal was approved without objection Wednesday by the House and Governmental Affairs Committee and heads to the full House.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Jack McFarland, R-Jonesboro.

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