Jerome "Dee" Richard, an independent Louisiana state representative from Thibodaux, has initiated the process to call a special session that would consider recent budget cuts ordered by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Richard said he met with a number of lawmakers last week to determine if there is sufficient support for a special session to review Jindal's decision to cut spending on health care, higher education, and corrections, including a $320 million budget cut to the public hospitals operated by Louisiana State University.

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