Bid To Shrink State Agency Spending On Art Heads To Governor

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Lawmakers have agreed to place new restrictions on a 17-year-old program that requires state agencies to spend a portion of their construction dollars on public art.

         Under the Percent for Art Program created in 1999, state agencies are required to spend 1 percent of their state financing for construction or renovation projects on public art.

         The proposal by Republican Rep. Bob Hensgens of Abbeville would cap that spending at $450,000. Public college campuses would give preference to artworks created by students and faculty in art programs.

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         The bill was sent to the governor's desk Sunday with a 98-0 House vote and a 37-0 Senate vote.

         The measure wouldn't help bail out the state operating budget. The art dollars come from the state construction budget.

         For more about House Bill 216 click here

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