Governor Jindal issues bill signings, vetoes


Governor Jindal issues bill signings, vetoes

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Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Friday, June 21, 2013 - 5:15pm

UPDATED: Monday, June 24, 2013 - 9:58am

Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced that he has signed the following bills passed by the Legislature into law, bringing the total to 425. The Governor also vetoed HB 320, HB 368, HB 415, HB 516, SB 50, SB 61 and SB 162 and issued the attached veto letters.

HOUSE

HB 168 by Rep. Fannin: Relates to state government.

HB 221 by Rep. Connick: Relates to physicians.

HB 250 by Rep. Danahay: Relates to ethics training.

HB 308 by Rep. Adams: Relates to parish and municipal governing authorities.

HB 322 by Rep. Thierry: Relates to the care of newborns.

HB 375 by Rep. Hoffmann: Relates to the EarlySteps childhood disability intervention program.

HB 377 by Rep. Leger: Relates to a tax credit registry.

HB 437 by Rep. Harris: Relates to the state budget.

HB 440 by Rep. Billiot: Relates to sex offenders.

HB 452 by Rep. Fannin: Provides for the transfer of deposits and monies among state funds.

HB 456 by Rep. Robideaux: Relates to tax amnesty.

HB 479 by Rep. Barras: Relates to ethics training.

HB 571 by Rep. Robideaux: Relates to certain economic development programs.

HB 620 by Rep. Geymann: Relates to state appropriations.

HB 653 by Rep. Robideaux: Relates to sales and use taxes.

HB 671 by Rep. Foil: Relates to public postsecondary education.

HB 681 by Rep. Ortego: Relates to alternative fuel.

HB 698 by Rep. Thompson: Relates to the School Readiness Tax Credits.

HB 705 by Rep. Ponti: Relates to solar energy systems tax credit.

SENATE

SB 76 by Sen. Buffington: Relates to the Louisiana Medical Assistance Trust Fund.

SB 129 by Sen. J. Smith: Relates to Hospital Service District Number Two of Beauregard Parish.

SB 133 by Sen. Amedee: Relates to the lottery board.

SB 148 by Sen. LaFleur: Relates to CPAs.

SB 242 by Sen. Murray: Relates to hotels.

VETO LETTERS

Dear Mr. Speer:

House Bill No. 320 by Representative Leger diverts the first $1.8 million away from the Support Education in Louisiana First (SELF) Fund, a fund used to support salary expenses for K-12 and higher education, to a new Casino Support Services Fund.

House Bill No. 320 restructures the revenue flow into the SELF Fund and imperils future funding for K-12 and higher education salaries. The objective of the bill is to fund the City of New Orleans’ casino support services contract, which has already been achieved through HB 1. I have vetoed similar legislation for the last three years and have included funding in HB 1 to fulfill the obligation of this contract for the last three years as well.

For these reasons, I have vetoed House Bill No. 320 and hereby return it to the House of Representatives.

Dear Mr. Speer:

House Bill No. 368 by Representative Norton is duplicative of another bill I have already signed into law, Act 50 of 2013 by Representative Bob Hensgens. Both bills provide an outline for school safety and crisis response plans in schools.

For these reasons, I have vetoed House Bill No. 368 and hereby return it to the House of Representatives.

Dear Mr. Speer:

House Bill No. 415 requires the Department of Transportation and Development to submit a plan amendment to the US Department of Transportation to allow new and replacement standard traffic signs to be bilingual. As originally filed, the bill restricted bilingual signage to French, a language with which Louisiana has a long and standing cultural history. However, the bill was amended to include any language, which may or may not have a cultural connection to Louisiana.

In lieu of this legislation, I have issued an executive order instructing the Department of Transportation and Development to submit a plan amendment to the US Department of Transportation to allow new and replacement standard traffic signs to be displayed in both English and French.

For this reason, I have vetoed House Bill No. 415 and hereby return it to the House of Representatives.

Dear Mr. Speer:

House Bill No. 516 by Representative Walt Leger grants additional powers to the Ernest N. Morial-New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority. The bill also would allow for the first time the Authority to use non-traditional tax free bonds that would benefit any properties being developed by commercial, private entities and the bonded debt could count against the state debt limit. In addition, this project could be funded through the capital outlay bill.

For these reasons, I have vetoed House Bill No. 516 and hereby return it to the House of Representatives.

Dear Mr. Koepp:

Senate Bill No. 50 by Senator Erdey diverts dollars away from the State General Fund to a local real estate development at the Juban Crossing Economic Development District.

There is an existing process through which a project can receive a State match for local tax increment financing revenues committed to the project. If the Louisiana Department of Economic Development (LED) determines that providing a State match for a project will result in a positive return on investment to the State, LED may submit the project for approval to the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget. In addition, this project could be funded through the capital outlay bill.

For these reasons, I vetoed similar legislation last year, have vetoed Senate Bill No. 50 and hereby return it to the Senate. I encourage the author and the supporters of the Juban Crossing Project to continue to work with LED and the legislature.

Dear Mr. Koepp:

Senate Bill No. 61 by Senator Morrish creates an exception in the Ethics’ Code. I saw no reason for this exception in 2012 and I continue to see no reason for it in 2013.

For this reason, I have vetoed Senate Bill No. 61 and hereby return it to the Senate.

Dear Mr. Koepp:

Senate Bill No. 162 by Senator Gary Smith has evoked serious concern from various groups across the state such as Louisiana Family Forum, Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Hippocratic Resource, The Bioethics Defense Fund, and the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Specifically, these groups reference the potential that Gestational Surrogacy Contracts have to commercialize the use of surrogacy as the bill in its current form permits “reasonable compensation.”

Creating a state sanctioned regulatory structure for contracts pertaining to the birth of children has a profound impact on the traditional beginnings of the family and is an important topic worthy of heightened scrutiny and consensus. Given the range of opposition, I am not satisfied that the questions and concerns regarding the implications of Gestational Surrogacy Contracts have been sufficiently studied and thoroughly debated by the legislature at this time.

For these reasons, I have vetoed Senate Bill No. 162 and hereby return it to the Senate.

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