BATON ROUGE — Gov. Bobby Jindal proposed a light agenda to lawmakers, but he put a strong stamp on the 2014 legislative session through his vetoes, many of which struck down bills that had received overwhelming support in the House and Senate.
The Republican governor, positioning himself for a likely 2016 presidential bid, used vetoes to bolster his conservative bona fides and to kill bills that would have given lawmakers more oversight over his administrations spending practices.
Twelve bills were vetoed by the governor, and he stripped a few items from the state operating budget for next year with his line-item veto.
Most of the jettisoned bills hadnt raised complaints from the Jindal administration as they moved through the Legislature. Several of the proposals were pushed by lawmakers who tend to be allied with the governor.