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Senate committee discusses slashing Louisiana contracts

Published: May. 29, 2012 at 3:52 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 4, 2012 at 10:56 AM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - With less than a week left in the regular legislative session, Louisiana lawmakers continue to debate a long list of bills.

A Senate committee discussed plans Tuesday to slash state contracts.

House Bill 327 sought to mandate a 10 percent cut on every state contract. It was heavily lobbied by state Treasurer John Kennedy.

The bill looked to cut state contracts by 10 percent; not just on each contract, but a total. Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater argued against the bill.

The bill has been hanging around all session, but the committee finally decided it had heard enough and involuntarily deferred the measure without objection.

The legislature still has to deal with the budget that has to be passed, and some say it could happen Thursday.

Also at the Capitol, three bills focused on making playgrounds safer for kids are working through the legislature. The proposals would require new day cares, preschools and some elementary schools to be inspected for lead contamination. The bills come after playground equipment in several New Orleans parks tested positive for hazardous levels of lead.

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