Cigarette Tax Renewal Revived
The four cent cigarette tax renewal has been brought back from the dead. Bogalusa Representative Harold Ritchie tacked the tax onto an amendment backed by Governor Jindal to dedicate more of the tobacco settlement dollars to the TOPS scholarship program. The amendment, including Ritchie's rider, was approved 90 to 12 in the House. The bill is now in the Senate. If the Legislature approves the amendment, it will go to the public for a vote on October 22.