Legislation to trim state contracts by 10 percent died in a Senate committee Thursday.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Jack Donahue, R-Mandeville, cast the deciding vote on House Bill 73 after four members voted in favor of it and three voted against it. With a tied vote, the proposal failed.
The bill marked state Rep. Dee Richard’s third try at curtailing the number of contracts in state government.
“This bill to me is simple,” said Richard, No Party-Thibodaux.
State Treasurer John Kennedy said state agencies would decide which contracts to cut. He said some contracts might not have to be canceled at all.
“Rather than eliminating a contract, we could save money by renegotiating,” he said.
Both Richard and Kennedy pitched HB73 as a cost-saving measure.
Steven Procopio, chief of staff for Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Division of Administration, told the committee that the bill would impact the Medicaid program, state workers’ pharmaceutical benefits and coastal restoration.