Gov calls session 'most significant' in years

Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Monday, June 4, 2012 - 10:06pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 11:04am

An eventful three months at the capital left Governor Bobby Jindal in a good mood, as dozens of reform bills with his backing were brought to pass.

"I want to congratulate the legislature for closing what I think is the most successful and significant session since I became governor," Jindal said.

Jindal's main priority was the education reform, which includes new ways to evaluate teachers and makes it more difficult for them to earn tenure. It also grants students from failing schools public money to attend private schools.

But his goals didn't come without a fight. As hundreds of teachers showed up at the capital to protest education reforms.

"I respect those who came to the mic and those that voted differently then we wanted," Jindal said. "I respect those passionate about their views."

More recently, some fiscal conservatives worked to drastically alter Jindal's proposed state budget. But in the end, a budget favorable to the governor was passed and now awaits his signature.

"We had a very challenging budget," said House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, (R) Lake Charles. "But we minimized cuts to higher ed and healthcare."

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