BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is backpedaling on plans to close 18 Office of Motor Vehicles locations around Louisiana.

The idea was recommended by a consulting firm hired by the administration to look for "efficiencies" in state government. The closures were planned for the budget year that begins July 1.

But lawmakers objected to the proposal, and Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols said Friday that the closure plans have been scrapped.

Nichols said the administration also has decided against limiting ferry hours in Cameron Parish on a critical route for emergency vehicles. That idea faced loud complaints from southwest Louisiana lawmakers and local officials.

The plans were estimated to save $2.3 million next year. Nichols said the administration will make up those savings elsewhere with other recommendations from the consulting firm.


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