Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/15/12

The Louisiana State Senate voted to formally request the NFL reconsider penalties against the team as a result of the bounty program the Saints allegedly employed under defensive coordinator Gregg Wiliams.

Williams, who left to become defensive coordinator of the Rams in December, was suspended indefinitely and Saints coach Sean Payton was suspended for the 2012 season, as was linebacker Jonathan Vilma.

The legislative resolution established first by a state senate panel in early April calls for the NFL to take a second look at the hefty punishment levied including a $500,000 fine to the Saints and an eight-game suspension for general manager Mickey Loomis.

"There is widespread public opinion throughout the state of Louisiana and beyond that the penalties imposed upon the Saints are too harsh and should be reconsidered," the resolution from Rep. Cameron Henry, R-Jefferson, reads.

The resolution also says the suspensions "will have a negative economic impact" in New Orleans and the state as a whole.

Payton and Loomis appealed their suspensions in April.

A grievance challenging commissioner Roger Goodell's authority to suspend players for on-field conduct is scheduled to be heard Wednesday.

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