Scholarship transparency bill passes

Members of the LSU and Southern University system governing boards will have to disclose which students receive scholarships from them, if Gov. Bobby Jindal agrees to a bill that received final passage Wednesday.

Senate Bill 31, sponsored by state Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, requires the boards to post the list of its scholarship recipients annually on their websites and to provide a list to the Louisiana Legislature.

The list will have to include the name of each recipient, the board member who gave the scholarship and the annual dollar value of the award. Refusal to submit the information would suspend board members’ ability to give scholarships.

The House backed the bill with a 99-0 vote, and the Senate agreed with a 37-0 vote.