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Jun 1, 2014 3:59 PM by AP

Jindal signs ethics exemption for former senator

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal has agreed to carve out a special ethics exemption for a former state senator, allowing the ex-lawmaker to lobby the Legislature even though his brother is currently in the Senate.

Jindal's office announced the bill signing this weekend, and it became law immediately.

The bill doesn't name who it was designed to help. But its sponsor, Democratic Rep. Jeff Arnold of New Orleans, has said it was written for former state Sen. Francis Heitmeier, whose brother, David, is a state senator. Both Heitmeiers are Democrats.

Francis Heitmeier represents the New Orleans Baton Rouge Steamship Pilots Association, a river pilots organization.

Sen. David Heitmeier didn't vote on the measure when the bill was up for consideration.

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