Jindal appoints former lawmakers to pardon board
BATON ROUGE- Gov. Bobby Jindal has tapped three former lawmakers to be on the pardon board, one of the state government boards that gives a salary to its members.
Jindal's office announced Monday that he had appointed former state House members Rickey Hardy of Lafayette, Henry "Tank" Powell of Ponchatoula and M.J. "Mert" Smiley of St. Amant to the board.
Hardy recently lost his bid for re-election. Smiley left the House to run for Ascension Parish assessor. He can serve on the pardon board for one year, until he takes office as assessor in January 2013. Powell, term-limited from the House in 2008, was first appointed by Jindal during the governor's first term.
The jobs pay $36,000 a year. The five-member board makes recommendations to the governor about clemency and pardon applications.