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Jindal agrees to legislative review of consulting contracts

2 years 3 months 4 weeks ago Tuesday, June 23 2015 Jun 23, 2015 June 23, 2015 4:25 AM June 23, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Associated Press

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.

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