Edwards vetoes and completes bill signatures for 2021 legislative session
Governor John Bel Edwards has announced that he has now acted on all laws in the 2021 Ordinary Session.
Edwards signed 477 bills and vetoed 28 bills. He also says he has limited the unnecessary waste of taxpayer dollars by using his article power to veto certain items in the budget and capital spending.
“While much has been said about a handful of controversial bills, the reality is that this legislative session has produced many good laws that will improve the lives of Louisianans, including a balanced budget that strongly positions our state for the future. coming year and investing heavily in education, individuals and families, “Governor Edwards said.” We have done this through bipartisan cooperation and compromise. As we have proven time and time again, Louisiana people are best served when we all put aside our differences and focus on projects, programs and progress for all.
“This is how we granted salary increases to teachers, school support staff and professors. That’s how we put protections in place for pregnant workers, made historic investments in higher education, and created a new program to help more students attend community and technical colleges. This is how we enacted laws to address the issue of Title IX violations in Louisiana colleges and universities, advance criminal justice reform, support those affected by human trafficking, and prepare our State for continued economic recovery as we work to end the current crisis. pandemic.”
The governor vetoed 28 bills this session.
According to the governor, all of these vetoed bills were simply unnecessary and “many would have caused real harm to the people of Louisiana.”
He says the vetoed bills range from election bills that would have restricted access to polling stations to legislation that would have discouraged public confidence in life-saving COVID-19 vaccines.
Bills the governor vetoed include Senate Bill 118 which would have removed training and licensing requirements to carry a concealed weapon and Senate Bill 156 which he said would have unfairly discriminated against transgender youth.
All of the Governor’s veto messages are linked below and will be forwarded to the Secretary of State today.
HB 2 Using his veto power over campaign materials, Governor Edwards vetoed parts of HB 2.
HB 26 Governor Edwards vetoed HB 26 because it deals with important crude oil severance tax issues in a piecemeal fashion.
HB 38 Governor Edwards vetoed HB 38 because local school systems lack the resources or technology to comply with this unfunded mandate.
HB 103 Governor Edwards vetoed HB 103 because it is not necessary; it contributes to a false narrative that COVID-19 vaccines are anything other than safe and effective; and it does nothing to protect the health and safety of the public.
HB 138 Governor Edwards vetoed HB 138 because the registrar of electors in each parish is already required to take an annual enumeration of all registered voters under current law.
HB 148 Governor Edwards vetoed HB 148 because the author of the bill did not sufficiently explain why this exemption from state sales tax for the Edwards Via College of Osteopathic Medicine is necessary in this moment.
HB 149 Governor Edwards vetoed HB 149 as it was the legislature’s latest attempt to remedy the obvious and judged flaws in the petition signed by some members of the House of Representatives last October attempting to end to the COVID-19 public health emergency and did not sufficiently improve last year’s veto bill.
HB 256 Governor Edwards vetoed HB 256 because it limits the ability of some school boards to enter into exclusive contracts, thereby limiting the ability of those boards to conduct their affairs in the manner they deem appropriate.
HB 263 Governor Edwards vetoed HB 263 because it would create an exception to the prohibition of a judge, magistrate, district attorney or deputy district attorney chosen to sit on a medical examination committee for the purpose of the examination required for a medical examination. malpractice lawsuit.
HB 289 Gov. Edwards vetoed HB 289 because it creates a new income tax credit and deductible for repairs, maintenance, reconstruction or replacement of qualifying railways with Class II railways and Class III, or short line railways, and only serves to exacerbate the dilemma of state transportation funding.
HB 295 Governor Edwards vetoed HB 295 because it would eliminate the requirement that a certified copy of a death certificate be attached to the affidavit required to administer a small estate outside probate .
HB 349 Governor Edwards vetoed HB 349 because it contributes to the false narrative that COVID-19 vaccines are anything other than safe and incredibly effective.
HB 365 Governor Edwards vetoed HB 365 because it creates an inequitable distribution of net bets on horse racing exchanges.
HB 438 Governor Edwards vetoed HB 438 because it could be used to delay responses to requests for public documents or intimidate members of the public into withdrawing their requests.
HB 498 Governor Edwards has vetoed HB 498 as it attempts to undermine public confidence in COVID-19 vaccines and change Louisiana’s approach to vaccine requirements for schools and facilities. teaching, which has been in place for decades without significant controversy.
HB 562 Governor Edwards vetoed HB 562 because, among other reasons, it violated the executive budget process.
HB 571 Governor Edwards vetoed HB 571 because it could allow the delivery of alcohol to college campuses, thereby increasing access to alcohol for minors, and also because it could legally violate contracts signed by certain class B license holders.
HB 597 Governor Edwards vetoed HB 597 because it would prevent state and local governments from complying with long-standing public procurement laws and force them to accept financing at a higher interest rate than that which would otherwise be commercially available.
HB 698 Governor Edwards vetoed HB 698 because it risks not being in compliance with the Internal Revenue Code, duplicates existing processes and calls for an unfunded tenure.
HB 704 Governor Edwards vetoed HB 704 because it unnecessarily politicizes the electoral process by including the central committee of certain parties in the ballot monitoring process.
SB 43 Gov Edwards vetoed SB 43 because it is likely unconstitutional in that the regulation of lawyer advertising is administered by the Louisiana Supreme Court, not the legislature. A similar bill was vetoed last year.
SB 63 Governor Edwards vetoed SB 63 because it is not clear where a postal ballot can be returned if it is hand delivered. It hinders access to the vote, which is too important.
SB 118 Governor Edwards vetoed SB 118 because the current law, as it stands, strikes the perfect balance between public safety and Second Amendment compliance and allowing concealed transport without a license would not be in the interest of public safety.
SB 145 Governor Edwards vetoed SB 145 because the bill falls short of the goal of providing a dedicated funding stream to improve access to drug and specialty courts.
SB 156 Governor Edwards vetoed SB 156 because it unfairly targets children who are going through unique challenges and offers solutions to a problem that does not exist in Louisiana.
SB 203 Governor Edwards vetoed SB 203 because it creates a broad future exception to the code of ethics for members of the Capital Region Groundwater Commission.
SB 220 Governor Edwards vetoed SB 220 because this bill poses separation of powers issues and adds an additional layer of bureaucracy to the electoral process.
SB 224 Governor Edwards vetoed SB 224 because it would make the request for a postal vote more stringent than what is currently required for postal voting.
The remaining bills have been signed and will be submitted to the Secretary of State today. The remaining act numbers will be provided in a future press release.
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