Update: Tobacco tax veto override?
POSTED: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 5:04pm
UPDATED: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 10:37am
BATON ROUGE (NBC33) — THIS IS A NBC33 NEWS UPDATE:
A vote in the Louisiana House of Representatives about Governor Jindal's veto of a proposed four cent tax on a pack of cigarettes was pushed back until Thurday.
The hottest topic at the State Capitol Wednesday was the price of tobacco, and whether lawmakers have the votes to override Governor Jindal’s veto and renew the four-cent tax.
Speaker of the House, Jim Tucker (R) says 80% of Louisiana voters want the tax to stay in place, so he and other Republicans are breaking away from the governor’s ‘no new tax’ agenda and throwing their support behind the override.
Speaker Tucker says it’s not an easy choice, but ultimately he sees the tax as a renewal, not a new tax, and he is bound to do what the voters want.
"Nobody likes to vote against the Governor. I certainly don’t. He and I are friends and politically, like-minded,” says Speaker Tucker, (R) Jefferson and Orleans Parishes. “But there are times when you absolutely should do what is best for your constituents."
The override requires a 2/3rds majority vote from the House and the Senate.