Ethics exception for Louisiana State Police leader advances

BATON ROUGE, La. (KLFY) - An ethics exemption to allow the son of Louisiana’s new state police leader to continue working as a trooper has started advancing in the state House.

The special carve-out in anti-nepotism laws is aimed at addressing a conflict that emerged when Governor John Bel Edwards named Col. Kevin Reeves as state police interim superintendent.

Reeves’ son is a state trooper, but hadn’t been with the agency for a full year as required by ethics law to stay with the agency.

The bill by Winnfield Rep. Jack McFarland would move the employment requirement to four months for a trooper whose immediate family member becomes agency leader.


The proposal was approved without objection Wednesday by the House and Governmental Affairs Committee and heads to the full House.

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