BATON ROUGE — Lawmakers will have new approval authority over consulting contracts signed across state agencies, in response to complaints about wasteful spending and after a state representative’s five-year struggle to get the provisions put in law.
In the end, Rep. Jerome “Dee” Richard said he got his bill signed by voting with Gov. Bobby Jindal on another bill that was part of a state budget agreement.

“I made a deal,” Richard, an independent from Thibodaux, said Monday. “I didn’t like it, but it’s an avenue to fund higher education. This was for the state of Louisiana. It’s a reform measure that

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