Bid To Cut Legislative Agency Costs At Monteleone Hotel Wins Senate Support

Monteleone Hotel in New Orleans

BATON ROUGE (AP) — State senators have overwhelmingly backed a bill seeking to cut the spending of a legislative agency whose meetings cost thousands of dollars each year.
         The Louisiana State Law Institute, which studies complex legal issues for the Legislature, holds meetings of its decision-making council at the Monteleone Hotel in New Orleans.
         A financial analysis shows travel and other expenses for seven meetings within the past nine months have cost the state nearly $175,000. Similar spending has been reported annually.
         Port Allen Sen. Rick Ward is proposing that all council meetings be held in a public building "available without charge" and that at least two-thirds be in Baton Rouge, preferably in the state Capitol building.
         A 37-0 vote Thursday sends the proposal to the House for consideration.
         For more information about Senate Bill 395: www.legis.la.gov

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