Louisiana House backs bill that could slow privatization
Bill would give lawmakers the ability to reject privatization contracts involving the state's mental hospitals.
BATON ROUGE, La.
State lawmakers could slow down or stall Gov. Bobby Jindal's plans to hire outside contractors to run some of Louisiana's inpatient psychiatric treatment facilities, under a bill that received House backing Thursday.
The proposal by Rep. John Bel Edwards, D-Amite, would give lawmakers the ability to reject privatization contracts involving the state's mental hospitals. That includes two facilities the Jindal administration proposes to privatize in the upcoming budget year.
Edwards said lawmakers should have a say in contracts that would stretch over 20 years, obligate future governors and lawmakers on spending, cost hundreds of millions of dollars and fundamentally change the way the state provides mental health care....
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Posted: May 21, 2010
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