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Bossier Parish tightens requirements for door-to-door salesmen

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Salesman wanting to go door-to-door in Bossier Parish will now face stricter guidelines.

It's a move the police jury is making after several reports to the sheriff's office about suspicious peddlers earlier this year.

Six months ago, the police jury voted to put into place an emergency moratorium on peddler licenses, meaning that all door-to-door salesman selling in the parish had to stop selling immediately and no licenses would be issued until further notice.

The moratorium was employed until the police jury could draft stricter guidelines.

After months of discussion, the jury voted Wednesday to lift that moratorium, but with stricter requirements for all those going door-to-door.

With a unanimous vote, police jurors agreed that companies wanting to sell in this way will have to pay for a $25 background check, a $100 permit for each person knocking on doors, and each salesman will have to wear a photo ID name tag.

"In general, when someone comes you would have an expectation that they have been vetted and that it is safe to have your discourse whether you are interested in their product or not," said Police Jury President Doug Rimmer.

Bossier City-based company, Vivint Louisiana LLC, a home security company, who does door-to-door selling, sent their attorney Edward Hughes to the meeting to express support for the tighter restrictions.

"My client supports accountability," said Hughes. "We want the public to know that all of our salesman have background checks and are credentialed."

The moratorium was lifted as soon as the parish leaders voted and the new licensing requirements start June 18.

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