NU Online News Service, May 11, 4:22 p.m. EDT–Prodded by constituents angry over their insurance commissioner's tax-payer-financed purchase of a luxury truck, the Louisiana Senate has passed a measure to restrict such spending.

The unanimous passage of a Senate amendment regulating the purchase of vehicles by state employees followed news of an expensive vehicle acquisition by Commissioner Robert Wooley, who wound up apologizing and returning his fancy new set of wheels.

The bill, SB 44, was introduced by Sen. Art Lentini, R-Kenner, who heads the Senate Finance Committee. The bill was received in the House of Representatives yesterday. If it passes the House, it will become law, said Joann Loebig, assistant to Sen. Lentini, adding that passage in the Senate was 23 for and none against–with one senator absent.

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