Senate OKs more assistant prosecutors

The Louisiana Senate on Tuesday advanced legislation that would create 14 new assistant district attorney positions across the state.

The Senate voted 34-0 for the measure, which now heads to the House for debate.

Under Senate Bill 214 , East Baton Rouge’s assistant district attorneys would climb from 48 to 50 and those in Jefferson Parish go from 52 to 54. Ten other judicial districts would get one new position each, including those covering Livingston, St. Helena and Tangipahoa; East and West Feliciana; and Iberia, St. Martin and St. Mary.

Bill sponsor state Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, said the state’s district attorneys originally sought 22 new assistant prosecutors.

Because of its cost, the request was reduced as it went under fiscal review. The legislation specifies that the positions must be funded out of state revenues or statutory dedications contained in the state appropriations bill received by the Senate or local or other sources of funding.

The legislation would be effective Aug. 1.

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