Jindal won’t seek legislative backing on LSU deals

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Gov. Bobby Jindal says he won't seek legislative approval of his administration's LSU hospital privatization agreements, though both the House and Senate have voted that they want such decision-making authority.

Jindal said Thursday that he believes the legislative resolutions that have received support in the House and Senate requiring budget committee backing of the lease agreements don't carry the force of law.

He says lawmakers would need to change state statute to get such approval authority.

The Republican governor is pushing to privatize all but one of the university-run hospitals that care for the poor and uninsured.

He attributes the legislative approval efforts to people trying to slow down the privatization. He says if lawmakers want to delay, they also need to offer an alternate plan to shrink hospital spending.

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