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.
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.
'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.
President Obama should have gone to Louisiana days ago, instead of golfing. Too little, too late!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2016
That didn't stop Donald Trump's criticism.
WATCH: Obama insisted the visit wasn't about a photo op, but securing longer-term help.