Foster Campbell on Government Reform



10 year ban on lobbying for ex-members of congress

Q: Please explain your top priorities if elected.

A: Equal Pay for Women; Raising the Minimum Wage; 10 year ban on lobbying for ex-members of congress

Source: VoteSmart 2016 Louisiana Senate Political Courage Test , Nov 1, 2016

Ban gifts to legislators; increase access to public records

Gubernatorial candidate Foster Campbell said he will pressure the Louisiana Legislature to pass significant ethics reform legislation in 2008 when he is elected governor. Campbell, a Public Service Commissioner and long-time State Senator, said he supports the movement by the LA Ethics 1 coalition and Blueprint Louisiana to require financial disclosure by legislators and other officials.

"It's past time for Louisiana citizens to know how their elected officials earn their living and to make sure that their decisions are based on the welfare of the state, not on their own financial situation," Campbell said. "We have a reputation as a state where people with power corrupt the system to pursue their own goals," he said. "Financial disclosure is a good and necessary step in getting rid of that reputation."

Campbell said that as governor he will propose legislation banning gifts to legislators, providing stronger protection to whistleblowers and increasing access to public records.

Source: 2016 La. Senate campaign website press release , Jul 5, 2007

Bar election officials from campaigning for candidates

Legislative Digest:Proposed constitutional amendment prohibits the secretary of state and the commissioner of elections from participating or engaging in any political activity, making or soliciting any contributions for any political party, faction, or candidate, or taking an active part in the management of the affairs of a political party, faction, candidate, or any political campaign in any election which is supervised, regulated or conducted by their offices. Proposed constitutional amendment defines "political activity" to mean an effort to support or oppose the election of a candidate for political office or to support a particular political party in an election. Specifies that the support of issues involving bonded indebtedness, tax referenda, or constitutional amendments is not to be prohibited.

Legislative Outcome: Failed Senate final passage. (SB241 authored by Senator Foster Campbell)

Source: Louisiana 2002 legislative voting records: SB241 , Apr 30, 2002

Increase legislator limit from 5 bills to 15 per session

Legislative Digest: Constitutional amendment to limit the number of bills a legislator may introduce for a regular session of the legislature to 15. Present constitution provides that any number of bills may be pre-filed before the first day of regular session, and specifies that after the prefiling deadline, no member may introduce more than 5 bills, except as provided by joint rule. Proposed constitutional amendment limits the number of bills a legislator may introduce for a regular legislative session to 15 except that there shall be no limit on the introduction of bills requested by the executive branch or judicial branch, or bills to repeal law. Limits number of bills requested by executive departments to 10 bills and provides that bills requested by executive departments are not to be included in a legislator's individual limit.

Legislative Outcome: Died in House committee. (SB5 authored by Senator Foster Campbell)

Source: Louisiana 2001 legislative voting records: SB5 , Jan 22, 2001

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