Jindal signs bill allowing teachers to accept small gifts from students
BATON ROUGE (NBC33) — Governor Jindal signed into law House Bill 500, now Act 172, which allows teachers to accept gifts of a maximum value from students and former students.
Representative John Berthelot (R-Gonzales) authored the bill.
With the passage of Act 172, teachers and other public servants who work for pre-kindergarten through secondary schools may now accept a gift valued up to $25 from a student or former student. The maximum average value of all gifts received from any one student in a calendar year is $75.
Present law prohibits a public servant from receiving anything of economic value, other than compensation and benefits from their employer.
Berthelot said, “This bill simply now allows our teachers to receive small tokens of appreciation that they rightfully deserve. Our teachers provide a great service, not only to their students, but also to our state. I believe this bill will make the law more fair for teachers, and for students who wish to show their appreciation.”
House Bill 500, signed by Governor Jindal, is now Act 172 of the 2014 Regular Session and becomes effective August 1, 2014.