- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An annual review by the legislative auditor’s office says Louisiana is reducing its governing boards and commissions, but still has more than any other Southeastern state.

Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera’s office said Louisiana had 471 boards and commissions created by law or executive order as of June 30. That’s a drop of 24 over the last five years.

Despite the reduction, the auditor’s office says Louisiana has far more such panels then other states in the region. The next closest is Oklahoma with 422 boards and commissions. Mississippi has 178, according to the auditor.

Purpera’s office identified 15 inactive boards, recommended for abolition.

Gov. Bobby Jindal has pushed legislation to eliminate inactive or underperforming boards and commissions. But as they removed some panels, lawmakers and Jindal have created new ones.

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