Jindal agrees to legislative review of consulting contracts
BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers will have approval authority over consulting contracts signed across state agencies, in response to complaints about wasteful spending.
A year after vetoing the proposal, Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the bill by Rep. Jerome "Dee" Richard, an independent from Thibodaux.
Most consulting and professional services contracts with a state price tag topping $40,000 annually will be subject to review from the Legislature's joint budget committee for the next three years.
If the committee rejects or reworks a contract, savings will go to a higher education fund.
Richard and Treasurer John Kennedy pushed the legislation for five years. Richard says he finally got Jindal's signature in a trade. Richard supported the creation of a tax credit, only on paper, Jindal wanted for a state budget deal.