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Louisiana Gov. Jindal Vetoes More Bills
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Governor Jindal has vetoed various bill from the regular legislative session including line items from HB1 the budget bill.

Here are the letters referencing the vetoes

 

BATON ROUGE – Today, Gov. Bobby Jindal announced he has issued vetoes for HB 516, HB 334, HB 614, HB 478, HB 533, HB 495, SB 21, SB 40, SB 6, SB 265, SB 207, SB 99, SB 67 and SB 255. The veto letters are below:

 

July 1, 2011

 

 

 

The Honorable Alfred W. Speer

Clerk of the House of Representatives

State Capitol

Baton Rouge, LA 70802

 

Re:       House Bill No. 516 by Representative Leger

             

Dear Mr. Speer:

 

House Bill No. 516 by Representative Leger diverts the first $1.8 million dollars 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. 516 restructures the revenue flow into the SELF Fund and impacts 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.

 

For this reason, I have vetoed House Bill No. 516 and hereby return it to the House.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Bobby Jindal

Governor

 

 

 

 

July 1, 2011

 

The Honorable Alfred W. Speer

Clerk of the House of Representatives

State Capitol

Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802

 

RE: House Bill No. 334 by Representative Champagne

 

Dear Mr. Speer:

 

The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) has been actively and aggressively working to consolidate levee districts based on geographical, hydrological, and topographical criteria.  Louisiana currently has 27 levee districts, in comparison, Mississippi has two levee districts. In order to expedite the process of implementation and management of these important efforts and to heed lessons learned from Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike, we must continue to work to consolidate levee districts based on regional and hydrological criteria.

 

Last year I signed into law ACT 1008, which allowed for the creation of the Chenier Plan Restoration Authority to serve as the levee district and restoration authority for the parishes of Vermilion, Calcasieu and Cameron.  This legislation was supported by the members of the Vermilion delegation. 

 

The membership of the Chenier Plain Authority corresponds with the geographical area within the South West Coastal Louisiana Feasibility study that is underway.  This study will yield billions of dollars in basin-scale protection and restoration of the Chenier Plain communities and ecosystem.  Having one levee authority within the vicinity of this major study area is critical to the successful implementation and management of the project. 


Additionally, in 2009 I signed ACT 320 which authorized the CPRA to enter into certain agreements with parish governing authorities located within the coastal area for coastal protection, flood control, and restoration projects.  This law gives the parish governing authority any and all powers of a levee district. In the case of House Bill No. 334, I question the benefit of creating a new independent levee district when the parish governing authority already has the power to carry out these functions.

 

For these reasons, I have vetoed House Bill No. 334 and hereby return it to the House.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Bobby Jindal

Governor

 

 

June 30, 2011

 

 

 

The Honorable Alfred W. Speer

Clerk of the House of Representatives

State Capitol

Baton Rouge, LA 70802

 

Re:       House Bill No. 614 by Representative Richard

             

Dear Mr. Speer:

 

House Bill No. 614 by Representative Richard expands an exemption made for taxpayers who neglected to claim the state inventory tax credit.

 

Under current law, businesses which did not claim the inventory tax credit were able to claim a tax credit for overpayments made if the business had gross receipts of $500 thousand or less, filed the credit for income tax years 1999-2002 or franchise tax years 2000-2003, and amended the returns in question by 2007. This credit for overpayments was capped at $10 thousand per taxpayer and at $500 thousand total.

 

House Bill No. 614 removes all of these restrictions and replaces it with a retroactive benefit. I question that this is the best use of state taxpayer dollars.

 

It is important that we protect scarce resources for priorities like healthcare and higher education. For this reason, I have vetoed House Bill No. 614 and hereby return it to the House.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Bobby Jindal

Governor

 

July 1, 2011

 

 

 

The Honorable Alfred W. Speer

Clerk of the House of Representatives

State Capitol

Baton Rouge, LA 70802

 

Re:       House Bill No. 478 by Representative Montoucet

             

Dear Mr. Speer:

 

House Bill No. 478 by Representative Montoucet retroactively increases benefits for certain adult probation and parole officers within LASERS.

 

The beneficiaries of the changes in House Bill No. 478 are not asked to pay more to support these increased costs, even though adult probation and parole officers who have received similar increases in benefits were required to fund the upgrade. LASERS opposed this legislation, and The Retired State Employees Association of Louisiana has asked for a veto of the bill.

 

Louisiana’s public pension systems impose a large burden on Louisiana taxpayers. We cannot continue to raise state retirement benefits at the expense of other critical areas like higher education and healthcare.

 

For this reason, I have vetoed House Bill No. 478 and hereby return it to the House.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Bobby Jindal

Governor

 

July 1, 2011

 

 

 

The Honorable Alfred W. Speer

Clerk of the House of Representatives

State Capitol

Baton Rouge, LA 70802

 

Re:       House Bill No. 533 by Representative Gallot

             

Dear Mr. Speer:

 

House Bill No. 533 by Representative Gallot makes various changes to the election code.  While I am not concerned with these updates to the election code, this bill was amended to also change the designation of candidates on election ballots who are not members of any recognized party.  This amendment is problematic.

 

House Bill No. 533 provides that a candidate who is neither a Republican nor a Democrat and who does not belong to any other unrecognized party shall be listed as “Independent” on an election ballot rather than “No Party” as is current law.  La. R.S. 18:441(B)(4) states, in pertinent part, “no political party shall be recognized in this state which declares its name solely to be "Independent" or "the Independent Party".”  Therefore, this provision in House Bill No. 533 is in conflict with current law.

 

For this reason, I have vetoed House Bill No. 533 and hereby return it to the House.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Bobby Jindal

Governor

 

 

July 1, 2011

 

 

 

The Honorable Alfred W. Speer

Clerk of the House of Representatives

State Capitol

Baton Rouge, LA 70802

 

Re:       House Bill No. 495 by Representative Pearson

             

Dear Mr. Speer:

 

Early payment of retirement expenditures from funds in the Treasury will result in reduced interest earnings for the State. House Bill No. 495 raises numerous questions about cash flows for the Treasury, Department of Education, local school districts, and public universities.

 

For this reason, I have vetoed House Bill No. 495 and returned it to the House. I commend Representative Pearson’s efforts to find innovative solutions to address our rising pension costs and encourage further collaboration to develop this concept and others.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Bobby Jindal

Governor

 

 


July 1, 2011

 

 

 

The Honorable Glenn Koepp

Secretary of the Senate

State Capitol

Baton Rouge, LA 70802

 

Re:       Senate Bill No. 21 by Senator Riser

             

Dear Mr. Koepp:

 

Senate Bill No. 21 by Senator Riser exempts water, mineral water, carbonated water, and flavored water sold in bottles, jugs, or containers from state sales and use tax.

 

This exemption would result in a state revenue loss of $8.3 million in the upcoming fiscal year, and a total state revenue loss of $52.7 million over the next five years. Water delivered to the home through pipes is already exempt from sales tax. I am concerned this could cause our budget for the upcoming year to be out of balance.

 

It is important that we protect scarce resources for priorities like healthcare and higher education. For this reason, I have vetoed Senate Bill No. 21 and hereby return it to the Senate.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Bobby Jindal

Governor

 

The Honorable Glenn Koepp

Secretary of the Senate

State Capitol

Baton Rouge, LA 70802

 

Re:       Senate Bill No. 40 by Senator Morrell

             

Dear Mr. Koepp:

 

Senate Bill No. 40 by Senator Morrell recreates the Brownfields Investor Tax Credit, which grants a transferable credit for remediation work at a state certified site.

 

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has existing programs to address brownfields remediation that are funded by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). While Senate Bill No. 40 supports the use of these federal funds to absorb the cost of the credits, using EPA or other federal funds to support these credits is not mandatory until 2014. Consequently, the first two years of the program will almost assuredly require state funding in lieu of federal funding.  I think that it is important that we protect scarce resources for priorities like healthcare and higher education.  

 

For these reasons, I have vetoed Senate Bill No. 40 and hereby return it to the Senate.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Bobby Jindal

Governor

 

 

July 1, 2011

 

 

 

The Honorable Glenn Koepp

Secretary of the Senate

State Capitol

Baton Rouge, LA 70802

 

Re:       Senate Bill No. 6 by Senator Gautreaux

             

Dear Mr. Koepp:

 

Senate Bill No. 6 by Senator Gautreaux unnecessarily ties the payment of state retirement debt to much-needed reforms such as greater autonomy for public schools through charter conversions and better fiscal management through contracting and outsourcing. In doing so, this bill creates a significant deterrent to educational reform efforts.

 

I support efforts to pay down the unfunded accrued liability, which is why I signed Act 7 of the 2008 2nd Extraordinary Session to appropriate $20 million to Louisiana State Employees Retirement System and $40 million to Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana and HB 435 and Constitutional Amendment 384 for 5 to 10 percent of surplus to go towards the UAL. We must continue to look for ways to ensure the actuarial soundness of our state retirement systems but not at the expense of our educational institutions and of our students.

 

For this reason, I have vetoed Senate Bill No. 6 and hereby return it to the Senate.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Bobby Jindal

Governor

 

 

June 30, 2011

 

 

 

The Honorable Glenn Koepp

Secretary of the Senate

State Capitol

Baton Rouge, LA 70802

 

Re:       Senate Bill No. 265 by Senator Riser

             

Dear Mr. Koepp:

 

Senate Bill No. 265 by Senator Riser creates a 75% premium tax credit for insurance companies investing in certified funds. Up to $150 million total in tax credits can be claimed.

 

LED has concerns that a 75% tax credit ensures a nearly risk-free return for investors and runs counter to the premise of a venture capital program. While I respect the intent of this legislation, I believe there are more critical economic development programs to which we should dedicate state resources at this time. During the 2011 Regular Session, I supported the renewal of several incentive programs which create jobs, attract business investment, encourage intellectual property development, and revitalize historic and downtown areas.

 

It is important that we protect scarce resources for priorities like healthcare and higher education. For this reason, I have vetoed Senate Bill No. 265 and hereby return it to the Senate.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Bobby Jindal

Governor

 

 

July 1, 2011

 

 

 

The Honorable Glenn Koepp

Secretary of the Senate

State Capitol

Baton Rouge, LA 70802

 

 

 

Re:       Senate Bill No. 207 by Senator Mount

             

Dear Mr. Koepp:

 

Senate Bill No. 207 by Senator Mount terminates Louisiana’s Medicaid reform initiative, Coordinated Care Networks, as well as the Community Care Program on December 31, 2014.  Coordinated Care Networks will provide a medical home for 800,000 Louisiana Medicaid recipients, providing better access to primary and preventative care, improved health outcomes, with an anticipated savings of $24 million in the upcoming fiscal year and $135.9 million in state fiscal year 2013. 

 

Inserting a termination date for this important reform and preventing Louisiana from improving the performance and outcomes in our current Medicaid system sends the wrong message, that we are incapable of providing better care to our people, and we can do no better than our ranking of 49th in the nation for health outcomes.  I am not content with the outcomes of our current Medicaid program and am committed to reforming our Louisiana health care system.

 

For this reason, I have vetoed Senate Bill No. 207 and hereby return it to the Senate.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Bobby Jindal

Governor

 

 

 

June 30, 2011

 

 

 

The Honorable Glenn Koepp

Secretary of the Senate

State Capitol

Baton Rouge, LA 70802

 

Re:       Senate Bill No. 99 by Senator Morrell

             

Dear Mr. Koepp:

 

Senate Bill No. 99 by Senator Morrell increases the total amount of tax credits available under the New Market Tax Credits program by $30 million.

 

While I applaud the intent of the program to stimulate investment in low-income areas, I believe there are more critical economic development programs to which we should dedicate state resources at this time. During the 2011 Regular Session, I supported the renewal of several incentive programs which directly complement and support the goals of state agencies like Louisiana Economic Development and the Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism. These programs work to create jobs, attract business investment, encourage intellectual property development, and revitalize historic and downtown areas.

 

It is important that we protect scarce resources for priorities like healthcare and higher education. For this reason, I have vetoed Senate Bill No. 99 and hereby return it to the Senate.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

 

Bobby Jindal

Governor

 

 

 

July 1, 2011

 

 

 

The Honorable Alfred W. Speer

Clerk of the House

State Capitol

Baton Rouge, LA 70802

 

Re:       Senate Bill No. 67 by Senator Sharon Broome

             

Dear Mr. Speer:

 

I have always supported a teacher’s right to use a variety of tools and strategies in his or her own classroom. Senate Bill No. 67 reduces those tools and strategies by placing restrictions on when and how they can be used. In other words, it imposes specific views about discipline policies on local school boards all over the state. Furthermore, nothing in current law prevents a school board from deciding to reduce the use of suspension or expulsion, speed up the expulsion hearing process, or hold parent-teacher conferences in a timelier manner. Therefore, Senate Bill No. 67 makes policy decisions for local school boards that they should have the right to make for themselves.

 

For this reason, I have vetoed Senate Bill No. 67 and returned it to the Senate.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Bobby Jindal

Governor

 

 

June 30, 2011

 

 

 

The Honorable Glenn Koepp

Secretary of the Senate

State Capitol

Baton Rouge, LA 70802

 

Re:       Senate Bill No. 255 by Senator Willard-Lewis

             

Dear Mr. Koepp:

 

Senate Bill No. 255 by Senator Willard-Lewis creates an individual income tax credit for the purchase and installation of residential energy efficient appliances and systems in the Louisiana residence of a qualified elderly person.

 

However, there are multiple programs available through the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, which encourage the use of energy efficient appliances and systems in the home. Through the Energy Star Appliance Rebate Program, homeowners can receive up to a $500 rebate on energy efficient appliances. The HERO program grants up to a $3,000 rebate for new and existing homes, which meet certain energy efficient standards.

 

Senate Bill No. 255 is redundant with these existing programs and will reduce state revenues in future fiscal years.  

 

It is important that we protect scarce resources for priorities like healthcare and higher education. For this reason, I have vetoed Senate Bill No. 255 and hereby return it to the Senate.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Bobby Jindal

Governor

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