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Mar 24, 2014 8:30 AM by AP

Livingston Parish debates charter changes

In an attempt to get better control of legal costs, Livingston Parish's Charter Review Commission is debating whether to allow the parish government to set up an in-house legal department.
Under the parish's Home Rule Charter, the 21st Judicial District Attorney's Office provides legal representation for the parish government. While the charter says the district attorney "shall serve as legal adviser," historically, the district attorney has appointed someone to serve that role.
The commission's latest proposal, one of several recommended changes to the charter discussed in recent weeks, would allow the parish government to decline that service and instead hire its own full-time attorney.
The Advocate reports the commission's recommendations will go to the Parish Council for approval and possible inclusion on a future election ballot.

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