The stench increases
As the Crack Mullet Research Team digs through the rubble of the 2015 Regular Session more skullduggery by the Louisiana State Police (“LSP”) is unearthed.
Special interest group
A pattern has emerged how the LSP lobbyists (State Trooper hierarchy in uniform.) regularly and blatantly violate the state constitution. The operation is purely Machiavellian.
Rather than introduce tax increases and special retirement benefits straight up, the LSP hijack innocuous bills halfway through the process to do their dirty work. Just as bad are the LSP’s willing accomplices; the leges who allow their legislation to be hijacked without saying a word.
When it comes to special interests groups, the sheer power of the LSP lobbyists is unrivaled. It makes one wonder what the LSP have on the leges to buy their silence.
During the just ended lege session, another tax increase disguised as a fee increase was added by the LSP lobbyists to an innocuous House Bill in a Senate Committee.
House Bill 448 by Representative Steve Pugh unconstitutionally increased state revenues for the LSP by $22 Million, annually.
Louisiana Constitution Article III, Section 16 requires “[all] bills for raising revenue …shall originate in the House of Representatives.” This revenue raising measure originated in the Senate.
See how your representative voted here and your senator here. A “YEA” is for the tax increase. A “NAY” is against the tax increase and “ABSENT” is counted the same as a “Nay” vote.
It’s more than ironic that the top law enforcement agency in the state regularly conspires to violate the law.
The next time a lege complains about special interests group controlling the lege process, ask them about the Louisiana State Police.
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