Scholarship transparency bill OK’d by Senate panel

Officers of the state’s higher education management boards would be required to disclose who board members award scholarships under legislation advanced Wednesday out of the state Senate Education Committee.

Senate Bill 31 sponsored by state Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, would shed light on who receives the college scholarships awarded by higher education board members.

Currently, each member of the LSU Board of Supervisors is allowed to award 20 scholarships. Members of the Southern University’s Board of Supervisors also have some scholarships to award.

Claitor estimated that board members from both systems have 187 scholarships to award every year totalling more than $1 million.

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

“It just seems like this ought to be something we know about,” Claitor said.

The bill now moves to the Senate floor for debate.