Constitutional Ed By Elected Officials Repealed By Lafayette City Parish Council
The Lafayette City Parish Council voted for a measure by Lafayette Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux Tuesday night to repeal an earlier resolution that would have suggested requiring constitutional training for elected officials.
The vote was 6 to 3 to repeal the measure.
Lafayette City Parish Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux proposed the resolution that was passed.
Lafayette City Parish Council Chairman Kevin Naquin tells KPEL that the reason he chose to vote to repeal the resolution is because what they agreed to what educational training about the constitutions, but the group supporting the measure is now saying Lafayette supports a measure that would suggest that all people wanting to run for elected office would have to pass a quiz on the constitution.
He says none of the members voted on that idea, they voted that there should be educational training.
Naquin says he understands the goals of the group wanting the change, but he voted to repeal the measure at this time.
Lafayette City Parish Councilman William Theriot, a proponent of the measure, tells KPEL he doesn't agree to repeal the resolution.
“I support the resolution that would require public officials to have one hour of training annually on the constitution. This is common sense!”
A citizen from District 6, Ray Green, first brought the idea to the council. Back in August, Green told said it was between each council member “and God” if they chose to oppose it, as they were sworn–under God–to uphold the Constitution.
When the idea was first proposed back in September it failed as the council was tied 4 to 4 about the resolution.