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Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Rep. Frank Hoffmann, R-West Monroe, testifies earlier in the session at the House Health & Welfare Committee.

Legislation that would curb spending on art for public buildings won final legislative approval Sunday.

The House approved a compromise version agreed to by House and Senate negotiators without debate. The vote was 98-0, sending the proposal to Gov. John Bel Edwards.

State law requires that 1 percent of the total spent on major public construction or renovation projects be spent on art inside or outside the grounds. The legislation, House Bill 216, would add a cap of $450,000 or 1 percent, whichever is less. Spending on art has come under scrutiny amid state budget problems, including a $600 million shortfall starting July 1.