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Treasurer Kennedy on consulting contracts

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BATON ROUGE- Governor Jindal has approved a bill that will give lawmakers a new authority over consulting contracts. The new policy comes after complaints of wasteful spending by various state agencies.

The bill was proposed by Rep. Jerome "Dee" Richard and strongly supported by Treasurer John Kennedy. Under the new bill, most consulting and professional service contracts valued at more than $400,000 can be reviewed by the Legislature's joint budget committee.

"This bill will require the consultants who have flown under the radar in the past, to appear before the joint legislative committee on the budget to get their contracts approved," said Kennedy.

If the committee finds something wrong with the contract, the savings will go into a higher education fund for the state.

Rep. Richard and Kennedy have been pushing the proposal for five years. They say it's important to implement new obstacles for the contracting to keep the state from wasting millions of dollars.

The bill expires in three years.



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