Contract reduction bill passes House again

The Louisiana House backed another attempt Monday to force a 10 percent cut on state agencies’ spending on consulting and professional services contracts.

State Rep. Jerome “Dee” Richard, No Party-Thibodaux, has tried a similar bill for several years, only to see the idea killed in the state Senate.

The House voted unanimously for this year’s version of the proposal, House Bill 73, which would require the reduction in the 2013-14 budget year that begins July 1.

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration opposes the measure as limiting agency decision-making.