Lawmakers approve property sales Thursday
BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers have agreed to let Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration sell state property in Iberville Parish and downtown Baton Rouge.
The House and Senate natural resources committees approved the sales Thursday at a special meeting in Grand Isle, held where lawmakers were attending a weekend fishing rodeo.
The properties to be sold are the Point Clair Farm, a nearly 2,200 acre-site in Iberville Parish that is former prison property valued at $12 million, and the State Office Building, an art deco-era property in downtown Baton Rouge appraised at $10 million.
Jindal's Division of Administration says both properties have potential buyers.
Sen. Gerald Long, chairman of the Senate committee, said the properties must be sold for at least their appraised value. Dollars from the sales are anticipated in this year's budget.