Bill would revise office space in State Capitol

The Louisiana House on Wednesday forwarded to the state Senate a proposed revision of use of space at the State Capitol.

State Rep. John Schroder, R-Mandeville, said the plan has been developed with input from the governor’s office and other statewide elected officials, who along with the legislature, has offices in the building.

House Bill 538 also calls for the State Police to develop a security plan for the State Capitol.

HB538 designates four floors for governor’s offices; two floors instead of four for the attorney general; two floors for the state treasurer, with the commissioner of agriculture allotted space on one of the floors; and one floor for the secretary of state with an office designated for use by the commissioner of insurance.

The commissioners of agriculture and insurance and attorney general all have separate buildings away from the State Capitol.

Under HB538 the designation of the use of other State Capitol floors would be determined jointly by the governor, the speaker of the House of Representatives and president of the Senate.

The legislation removes a current law provision related to space in the Capitol that is leased to members of the press.