Sunday, February 24, 2008

$50 meals at Taco Bell, and I thought OUR legilature was out of touch


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The House's ethics committee on Monday postponed a vote on a bill that would impose a spending limit on lobbyists, after a lengthy debate over where to set that limit.

The bill, backed by Gov. Bobby Jindal, would bar lobbyists from spending over $50 -- excluding tax and tip -- on individual meals with lawmakers and other elected officials.

Rep. Charmaine Marchand said the limit should be raised to $75. A $50 cap would be 'a little onerous,' she said, and make it difficult for lobbyists to find restaurants inexpensive enough to stay under the limit.

'If it's $50, I think we're going to be eating at Taco Bell,' said Marchand, D-New Orleans.

Maybe Louisiana is like the movie Demolition Man, where every restaurant is a Taco Bell.....

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