House OKs employee protection bill

The Louisiana House on Wednesday approved legislation aimed at protecting public employees from retaliation if they provide information requested by a legislator or legislative committee.

The House voted 100-0 for House Bill 387, which is opposed by Gov. Bobby Jindal. Administration officials testified in committee that they found the bill was too broad and could have unintended consequences.

State Rep. John Schroder, R-Mandeville and sponsor of HB387, said public employees could wage complaints with the Louisiana Board of Ethics, which would investigate and “offer its remedy.”

“It does not open the door for employees to flood legislators with unsolicited comments,” Schroder assured. There would also be no protection for those who provide false information.

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.