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Judges hear dispute over Louisiana charity hospital closure

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By MELINDA DESLATTE
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - More than two years after central Louisiana's state-owned charity hospital was closed, a legal dispute remains unsettled about whether state senators violated the law in agreeing to shutter the facility.

A three-judge appeals court panel heard arguments Tuesday in the 2014 lawsuit.

The lawsuit accuses the Senate of flouting the open meetings law in its handling of legislation authorizing then-Gov. Bobby Jindal to close the LSU-run hospital in Pineville, Huey P. Long Medical Center.

Lawyers representing a public hospital patient and former employees of the facility argue the Senate gave too little notice to the public to weigh in on the hospital closure. Lawyers for the Senate and LSU say senators followed the law and their internal rules.

The hospital closed in June 2014, as Jindal privatized safety-net health services.

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