Appointee registration bill passes House

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The Louisiana House backed legislation Wednesday that would force high salaried political appointees to register their cars in Louisiana.

House Bill 703 by state Rep. John Bel Edwards, D-Amite, would apply to unclassified state employees making at least $100,000 a year.

The employees would have to prove that they have Louisiana driver’s licenses and that vehicles in their names are registered in the state.

“Why are you bringing this bill?” asked state Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-Bossier City.

Edwards said political appointees are being hired at high salaries even though they do not have high commitments to Louisiana.

The House voted 70-20 in favor of sending the bill to the Senate.

Last year, the governor’s policy director, Stafford Palmieri, attracted attention by driving a car with a New York state license plate.

Palmieri was a key figure for the governor’s office during legislative consideration of bills to overhaul public schools. She later got a Louisiana license plate.