MANDEVILLE, La. - A state representative from Mandeville has prefiled legislation that would restrict the financial operations of the St. Tammany Parish coroner's office in the wake of accusations of impropriety in that office.

Rep. Tim Burns, R-Mandeville, wants to transfer the fiscal operations and tax revenues levied by the coroner's office to the parish governing authority.

Recently the St. Tammany Parish Council asked for the resignation of Dr. Peter Galvan following reports of questionable spending by the coroner's office.

All funds on hand received from the ad valorem tax - except what is required for the remainder of 2013 - would be transferred. The amount 'needed' by the office for operation would be determined by the St. Tammany Parish finance office.

In addition, the legislation would require any contracts or purchase agreements entered into by the St. Tammany Parish coroner's office to be approved or ratified by the governing authority.

Galvan's salary would be established by the St. Tammany Parish governing authority, which would also establish the salaries of others in the office, and the office would be prohibited from acquiring any moveable property.

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