May 5, 2010 3:13 PM by Melissa Canone
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An attempt to move LSU's medical school
to Baton Rouge from New Orleans was scuttled Wednesday by a House
committee, but the bill's sponsor has not given up, calling for the
Legislature to further investigate the issue.
Rep. Joe Harrison, R-Napoleonville, said he proposed the measure
(House Bill 507) because he believes New Orleans does not have the
economic base to support another large teaching hospital.
New Orleans Rep. Walker Hines said he found the proposal to move
the medical school to Baton Rouge "offensive and preposterous."
Other members of the House Committee of Health and Welfare said
they felt similarly.
"Every time you mention moving the hospital you stir up a big
pile of you know what," said Rep. John LaBruzzo, R-Metairie.
Larry Hollier, chancellor of the LSU Health Sciences Center New
Orleans, spoke against the bill, saying his school currently has 2
million square feet of teaching and research space in New Orleans
and estimated it would cost $600 million to develop that much space
in Baton Rouge.
The committee rejected the bill without objection.