Lawmaker wants restrictions, transparency in Tulane scholarship program

Thursday, January 9, 2014

A Baton Rouge state senator wants to crack down on legislators awarding full, state-funded scholarships for Tulane University to the lawmakers' own family members and other politically connected young adults.

State Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, has proposed adjustments to the controversial Tulane legislative scholarship program, in the very first bill filed by any senator for Louisiana's 2014 legislative session.

If passed, Claitor's bill would prohibit relatives of any elected official in Louisiana from getting a Tulane scholarship. The legislation also bars scholarship recipients and their family members from contributing to the election campaigns of any legislator who nominated them for the award.

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