Scholarship transparency bill OK’d by House

A bill that would shed light on who receives college scholarships awarded by higher education board members passed in the state House of Representatives Monday on an 88-0 vote.

Senate Bill 31, by state Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, would require that the board members make public who they are giving scholarships to and the value of the award.

State Rep. Chris Broadwater, a Republican from Hammond handled the bill on the House floor Monday. He told his colleagues SB31 would provide transparency and safeguard against appointed officials abusing their authority.

Claitor previously estimated that board members from the LSU and Southern university systems have more than 180 scholarships to award every year totalling millions of dollars.

He said the board members are appointed by the governor and should behave in a transparent manner.