Senators chide LSU board
Senators told members of the LSU Board of Supervisors that they want an explanation for why the university system's former hospitals chief, Fred Cerise, was directed not to attend a legislative hearing to discuss plans to privatize the LSU hospitals. Sen. Ed Murray, D-New Orleans, says he asked Cerise, who is still an employee of LSU, to come to a recent budget hearing. He says he was told that Cerise was denied his request to take a personal leave day to attend the meeting. "That's really disturbing," says Murray, who made the remarks during LSU board members' confirmation hearings before the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee today. "I think that sends a really bad message." The Associated Press reports Cerise was pushed out of his hospital leadership job after clashing with Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is seeking to privatize the hospitals. LSU board members John George and Ann Duplessis told lawmakers they didn't know anything about Cerise not being able to attend the meeting. They said they would look into the matter and report back to the committee, after several senators said denying an information request from a lawmaker was inappropriate.
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