Bill will give more oversight to consulting contracts - KNOE 8 News; KNOE-TV; KNOE.com |

Bill will give more oversight to consulting contracts

Posted: Updated:
BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Senators voted 37-0 Tuesday for a proposal to give lawmakers more oversight of the consulting contracts signed across state agencies.

Rep. Jerome "Dee" Richard, I-Thibodaux, sought to force a 10 percent cut on agencies' spending on consulting and professional services contracts, and the idea (House Bill 142) was passed by the House unanimously despite opposition from Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration.

But senators rewrote the measure to provide more review and no required reductions, after three years of instead rejecting the proposal outright.

Under the revamped version, most consulting and professional services contracts with a state general fund price tag topping $40,000 would need to get approval from the Legislature's joint budget committee before they could begin.

If the committee doesn't request a review within 30 days from receiving information about the contract, it will be deemed approved. If the committee rejects or reworks a contract, any savings would be directed to a fund for higher education.

"It probably will not be a huge amount early, but it will give us a chance in the future to put dollars toward higher education," said Sen. Mack "Bodi" White, R-Baton Rouge, who handled the bill in the Senate.

Contracts involving Medicaid services, elections and indigent defense would be exempt from the oversight requirement.

The bill would expire in 2017, unless lawmakers choose to renew the provisions. The rewritten proposal moves back to the House for consideration of the Senate's changes.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • West Monroe man arrested for meth possession

    West Monroe man arrested for meth possession

    Sunday, July 27 2014 9:09 PM EDT2014-07-28 01:09:38 GMT
    WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - West Monroe Police arrested a man early Sunday morning for possession of drugs.
    WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - West Monroe Police arrested a man early Sunday morning for possession of drugs.
  • Retired deputy drowns trying to save terrier

    Retired deputy drowns trying to save terrier

    Sunday, July 27 2014 8:43 PM EDT2014-07-28 00:43:53 GMT
    Ret. Lt. Sam Vitter (Source: APSO)Ret. Lt. Sam Vitter (Source: APSO)
    PRAIRIEVILLE, La. (AP) - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office says a recently retired deputy has drowned trying to rescue his Yorkshire terrier.
    PRAIRIEVILLE, La. (AP) - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office says a recently retired deputy has drowned trying to rescue his Yorkshire terrier.
  • Areas of West Monroe test positive for West Nile

    Areas of West Monroe test positive for West Nile

    Friday, July 25 2014 4:31 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:31:42 GMT
    OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News OPMAD) - Three mosquito pools, representing three locations, have tested positive for West Nile virus in Ouachita Parish.
    OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News OPMAD) - Three mosquito pools, representing three locations, have tested positive for West Nile virus in Ouachita Parish.
  • MPD investigate Friday night rape report

    MPD investigate Friday night rape report

    Saturday, July 26 2014 6:05 PM EDT2014-07-26 22:05:59 GMT
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Monroe Police are investigating a reported rape from Friday night.
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Monroe Police are investigating a reported rape from Friday night.
  • Juvenile shot after leaving party in South Monroe

    Juvenile shot after leaving party in South Monroe

    Saturday, July 26 2014 6:19 PM EDT2014-07-26 22:19:25 GMT
    MONROE, La.(KNOE 8 News) - Police are investigating a shooting from South Monroe early Saturday morning.
    MONROE, La.(KNOE 8 News) - Police are investigating a shooting from South Monroe early Saturday morning.
  • Clerk wrestles gun away from armed robbery suspect

    Clerk wrestles gun away from armed robbery suspect

    Saturday, July 26 2014 4:40 PM EDT2014-07-26 20:40:24 GMT
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery where a clerk fought a gun away from a suspect.
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery where a clerk fought a gun away from a suspect.
  • Group protests illegal immigration in Monroe

    Group protests illegal immigration in Monroe

    Saturday, July 26 2014 6:29 PM EDT2014-07-26 22:29:54 GMT
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - On Saturday, a small group took to the streets of the Twin Cities, to protest illegal immigration. They call themselves, Three Percenters. They say they are dedicated to action, education and reform of government, they believe has gotten too large to effectively operate. 
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - On Saturday, a small group took to the streets of the Twin Cities, to protest illegal immigration. They call themselves, Three Percenters. They say they are dedicated to action, education and reform of government, they believe has gotten too large to effectively operate. 
  • Jamie Mayo running as the lone democrat, says he's a moderate

    Jamie Mayo running as the lone democrat, says he's a moderate

    Sunday, July 27 2014 6:40 PM EDT2014-07-27 22:40:16 GMT
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Most know him as Monroe's mayor, but Jamie Mayo is also the lone democrat in the Fifth Congressional District race. Mayo says he has the ability to unite people across party and racial lines and continuing in our candidate profiles we sat down with the mayor to discuss some issues he'll face on the campaign trail.
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Most know him as Monroe's mayor, but Jamie Mayo is also the lone democrat in the Fifth Congressional District race. Mayo says he has the ability to unite people across party and racial lines and continuing in our candidate profiles we sat down with the mayor to discuss some issues he'll face on the campaign trail.
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KNOE. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.