Republican state Sen. Jonathan “J.P.” Perry of the Vermilion-Lafayette area is taking action as well — but not the kind that necessarily sits well with Clouatre.
Perry is working on legislation that may mean the likes of the “Cajun Navy” are required to undergo training, acquire certificates and pay a permit fee before they do their good deeds.
“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,” Perry told KPEL-FM in Lafayette. “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, and secondly, there’s a cost.”
Clouatre isn’t in favor of regulations.
“How can you regulate people helping people?” he asked WWL. “That doesn’t make sense to me.”