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The Good Samaritans who rescued hundreds, maybe thousands of people during the Great Flood of 2016 are not happy after a state lawmaker announced that he wants government regulations on future actions by the citizen heroes.
Republican State Sen. Jonathan Perry of Vermillion Parish, is working on legislation that could require training, certificates and a permit fee to allow these Good Samaritans to get past law enforcement into devastated areas. He said some were turned away.
“At the end of the day, there are going to be two things that are going to be the hurdle when you approach it from the state’s standpoint,” said Sen. Perry in a radio interview. “Liability is going to be number one for them. They don’t want the liability of someone going out to rescue someone and then not being able to find them (the rescuers) and, secondly, there’s a cost.”
Members of the Cajun Navy don’t understand the regulations.
"How can you regulate people helping people? That doesn't make sense to me," said Clouatre.
Political blog The Hayride is speaking out against any regulation.
"And we'll never know how many people got rescued, right? Because there were no bureaucrats with clipboards marking down how many. They just went and did it," said publisher Scott McKay. "The fact that John Perry is a Republican, right? It's like 'Hey, you ran on small government. Now you want to regulate the Cajun Navy.' What are you doing?"
originally posted by: projectvxn
There is nothing politicians don't want to regulate in order to make money off of it.
I'd tell this guy to piss off.
originally posted by: Cheddarhead
No good deed goes unpunished, does it?
It made me damn proud to see the Cajun Navy organize and begin rescuing people, most of whom were probably complete strangers to them, just because it was the right thing to do.
Maybe the Cajun Navy can take this joker lawmaker for a tour and dump him overboard. We'll see how long before he changes his mind about people putting aside everything to help another.
originally posted by: Bobaganoosh
a reply to: StallionDuck
Well, that pol's career will not last very long in LA.
I doubt it has much to do with his party, and more to do with his persona. It would be interesting to see what all he has investments in. He wouldn't suggest something so inherently stupid if he didn't stand to profit from it.
Vote the asshat away. But first, scoff at his idea, and belittle him publicly. Help without fear of reprisals and you will almost always come out on top.
He sounds like a government tool that doesn't like to be shown up by common folk.
So So true. If you go into your own front yard and drop your drawers and a duece and anyone sees it happen you can go to jail. Not that I want people craping in there from yards but you get the point.
originally posted by: Tarzan the apeman.
originally posted by: Puppylove
a reply to: projectvxn
Eventually we'll have to get a license and pay a fee to take a dump.
You already do...........if you really think about it.