Senate rejects Jindal ethics board appointee

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Senators have refused to confirm Gov. Bobby Jindal’s latest appointment to the state ethics board.

Mark Neal, a Monroe lawyer, was selected by Jindal in March. But the Senate didn’t agree to confirm Neal on Monday, the final day of the legislative session. That means Neal will have to give up his seat.

Discussion of the confirmations is done in secret, so it was unclear why senators refused to agree to Neal’s appointment.

The Senate has a tradition of refusing to accept board and commission appointees if one senator objects in closed-door discussions, so as little as one legislative objection could have kept Neal from gaining confirmation.

Neal was nominated by the Louisiana Association of Independent College and Universities to be one of Jindal’s seven appointments to the 11-member board.

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