The Louisiana Senate passed legislation that State Treasurer John Kennedy said Monday would help higher education and curb corruption.

“The Senate adopted a package of bills that will generate sorely needed dollars for our public colleges and universities,” said Treasurer Kennedy. “The bills also will stop government waste while bringing transparency to the use of public dollars.”

The Senate voted 36-0 in favor of House Bill 30 by state Rep. Dee Richard. The legislation, which requires legislative approval for consulting contracts worth $40,000 or more, now goes to the governor’s desk for his signature. Savings generated by rejected contracts will benefit higher education.

The Senate also voted 38-0 in favor of House Bill 376 by state Rep. Lance Harris. The legislation, which now returns to the House for concurrence on an amendment, gives higher education the first right of refusal on grants paid for with federal dollars. These contracts currently are awarded to nongovernmental organizations, or NGOs, with little oversight.