AG says approval not needed for LSU hospital deals
BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Attorney General's Office says Gov. Bobby Jindal's plans to privatize the LSU-run public hospitals doesn't require legislative approval under the law.
The Jindal administration has said it didn't intend to seek a legislative vote for the individual privatization agreements because the law doesn't require approval.
A portion of the attorney general's opinion says the hospital leases must include a provision that assures the leased facilities continue to provide the same level of health care services.
Jindal is seeking to privatize all but one LSU hospital as a way to cut costs, but only one deal has been finalized.