- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 9, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Senators bogged down over what restrictions they’re willing to add to lawmakers’ annual Tulane University scholarships.

Baton Rouge Sen. Dan Claitor is proposing to prohibit lawmakers from giving scholarships to their relatives, relatives of other elected officials and relatives of people who donate to their campaigns.

Members of the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday say they understand what Claitor wants to do. But they questioned if his bill went too far.

Claitor, a Republican, delayed a committee vote until next week, trying to reach a compromise.

The Tulane scholarship program lets each state lawmaker give one student annually a scholarship to the private university. It has been criticized as a way for lawmakers to help friends and contributors.

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Senate Bill 1 can be found at www.legis.la.gov

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