BATON ROUGE -- A controversial bill that would give the lieutenant governor authority over the Louisiana State Museum board and director passed a House committee Thursday.
Senate Bill 724 has pitted Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu against a number of museum organizations and supporters over the method of appointments to the statewide board and who should have the right to hire and fire the director.
The Cabildo and the Presbytere in the French Quarter are among a dozen Louisiana sites that fall under the jurisdiction of the museum board.
The House Committee on Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs agreed to a Landrieu amendment and passed the bill with no objection from panel members. It now goes to the full House.
Landrieu says the various museum operations fall within his area of responsibility but he does not have the proper authority to manage them.