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Daniel Stover, 17, wipes his head as he helps Laura Albritton, rescue personal belongings in Sorrento, La., Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016.  (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

A Louisiana Republican wants Good Samaritans to pay up before helping flood victims

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WATCH:  The Cajun Navy is a volunteer force of people navigating their boats around flooded Louisiana, rescuing stranded victims and doling out emergency food. They've been saving lives since Hurricane Katrina.

But now members claim a proposed law could shut them down.

How can you regulate people helping people? That doesn't make sense to me.
Cajun Navy member Dustin Clouatre

Louisiana State Representative Jonathan Perry has proposed a bill that could require training and a fee before volunteers can get past law enforcement cordons around dangerous areas, WWL-TV reports.

Perry argues that untrained volunteers pose a liability to the state.  But that almost immediately sparked resistance from the Cajun Navy.

WATCH:  Perry defended his decision in a Facebook video.

Should rescue volunteers need to pay a fee before helping victims?

'What are you doing?'

Perry, a Republican, was criticized by local conservative blog The Hayride.

"The fact that John Perry is a Republican, right?" publisher Scott McKay said. "It's like, 'Hey, you ran on small government. Now you want to regulate the Cajun Navy.' What are you doing?'"

Politics have marked the flood response. President Obama was criticized for not ending his vacation to visit Louisiana sooner. However, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Obama's visit on Tuesday was good timing.

That didn't stop Donald Trump's criticism.

A Louisiana Republican wants Good Samaritans to pay up before helping flood victims

WATCH:  Obama insisted the visit wasn't about a photo op, but securing longer-term help.

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