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Mar 4, 2014 11:04 AM by AP

Charter Commission begins work in Livingston

LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - Livingston Parish's soaring legal costs and disputes between the council and president drove much of the discussion at the Charter Review Commission's meeting.

The Advocate reports options the commission explored for resolving disputes more economically included allowing the Parish Council to select the parish legal adviser, changing how professional services contracts are approved and requiring mediation or arbitration whenever the two branches are at odds.

The commission's legal adviser, Bob Morgan, said Monday the parish's Home Rule Charter does not provide a way to compel a public official to abide by the charter if one branch believes the other has gone astray.

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