Bill moves to halt group from meeting on taxpayer’s dime

By Jack Richards

BATON ROUGE — The Senate Thursday unanimously passed Senate Bill 395 by Sen. Rick Ward, R-Port Allen, ending a practice of lawyers, judges and lawmaker indulging several times a year in food and drink at the swanky Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans on the taxpayer dime.

The bill mandates the Louisiana State Law Institute, whose 100-plus members include lawyers, judges and legislators, hold its meetings at a public building. The group researches and recommends legal reforms to the Legislature.

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