Covering Louisiana

Jun 2, 2014 12:55 PM by AP

Lawmakers end salary approval for higher ed chief

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State lawmakers will no longer approve the salary for Louisiana's higher education commissioner.

The House gave final passage Monday to a bill by Republican Sen. Conrad Appel, of Metairie, that repeals the law requiring approval of the commissioner's pay by the Legislature's joint budget committee.

Appel and higher education officials say the requirement is an obstruction to recruiting people for the vacant job.

But the commissioner still will need to be confirmed by the Senate.

House members sought to strip Senate confirmation from the law as well, but senators refused to agree.

Lawmakers passed the requirements in 2010, after Sally Clausen resigned amid sharp criticism for quietly retiring from her job and then being rehired without telling her governing board.

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