The number of state boards and commissions in Louisiana has fallen to a total of 492 entities after peaking at 513 in 2004, legislative auditor Daryl Purpera said Aug. 20 in a report to lawmakers.

Spending by 443 of the 492 bodies cost the state $11.3 million over the past two fiscal years, Purpera said. State law requires the disclosure of salaries and per-diem payments as well as travel expenses, he said, but 44 of the boards and commissions did not provide information and others are inactive.

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