Lawmakers will not appeal judge's budget decision


Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Legislature has decided against appealing a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state budget.

A Baton Rouge judge ruled in November that the maneuver by lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal to balance the budget was unconstitutional.

After the ruling, the Jindal administration said the state would appeal. But legislative leaders chose not to take the issue to the Louisiana Supreme Court.

House Speaker Chuck Kleckley said Wednesday he didn't want to waste taxpayer dollars with an appeal.

Though the Louisiana Probation and Parole Officers Association was successful in its lawsuit, the group won't get repaid unless lawmakers vote to return the money. A repayment proposal will be considered in the upcoming legislative session.

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