Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed a bill promoted as a way to make colleges and universities more efficient, a measure the governor called duplicative.

The legislation, House Bill 133, won easy approval in the Legislature.

It cleared the House 81-7 and the Senate 34-0.

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The legislation would have required the Board of Supervisors for LSU, Southern, the University of Louisiana System and others to submit plans on efforts to centralize a wide range of administrative functions. Those plans would have to be sent to the House and Senate education committees by Jan. 1, 2018, and be updated once every four years afterwards.

In his veto message, Edwards said the bill would duplicate action taken by the Legislature last year.

That legislation, Act 619, produced a comprehensive report to the Legislature on the same issue earlier this year, the governor said.

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Edwards also said the bill would require higher education officials to produce plans, not just reports.

"At a time when higher education is significantly underfunded and resources are limited, this would be unnecessary," Edwards wrote.

Rep. Rick Edmonds, R-Baton Rouge, said his bill was supposed to be an extension of last year's measure by state Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell. He declined to push for a veto override in the final minutes of the special session Friday.

Moments earlier another override attempt failed 37-53.

At least 70 votes – two third of the House – are needed.

That measure, House Bill 126, dealt with fees for constables.

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