Deal To Keep Saints In New Orleans Through 2025 Gets Legislative Approval

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's deal to keep the New Orleans Saints from moving through 2025 has won final legislative approval.

Two pieces of the deal needed votes from the House and Senate: a plan for the state to lease office space from Saints owner Tom Benson and $85 million in surplus spending on Superdome improvements. Both pieces won legislative backing Wednesday.

Supporters have called the arrangement a good deal for Louisiana, but opponents say it's inappropriate to give more money to the NFL team while the state also is cutting health care and education programs.

One step remains, however.

The terms of the lease between Benson and the state require approval from the Legislature's joint budget committee before becoming final.