4 votes.

That's all Rep. Dee Richard needed for his bill to pass the Louisiana House of Representatives, according to Houma Today. His bill would have cut state government outside contract spending by 15 percent.

The Thibodaux representative joined the Moon Griffon Show on Thursday to explain the multiple reasons why his bill fell short of the 53 votes needed, why his bill would have helped deal with Louisiana's budget issues and what his next step will be.

Here is the list of representatives who were absent:

Neil Abramson

601 Poydras Street
Suite 1635
New Orleans, LA 70130

(504)275-8051

Stuart Bishop

P.O. Box 80993
Lafayette, LA 70508

(337)981-7409

Chris Broadwater

P.O. Box 157
Hammond, LA 70404

(985)543-4900

Ronnie Edwards

(She passed away this week after a bout with cancer.)

Paul Hollis

2000 Preserve Lake Dr.
Suite B
Covington, LA 70433

(985)871-4680

Katrina Jackson

1051 Kansas Lane
Monroe, LA 71203

(318)362-5123

Joseph Lopinto

131 Airline Highway
Suite 201
Metairie, LA 70001

(504)838-5430

J. Rogers Pope

P.O. Box 555
Denham Springs, LA 70727

(225)667-3588

Scott Simon 

P.O. Box 1297
Abita Springs, LA 70420

(985)893-6246

Julie Stokes

4203 Williams Blvd.
Suite 200
Kenner, LA 70065

(504)468-8603

Listen to the interview by clicking below: