Governor Jindal Pleased With Louisiana Legislative Session
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal says the 2012 Louisiana Legislative Session was one of the most successful and transformative in Louisiana's modern history. Jindal says lawmakers are to be commended for passing his package of education reforms, like teacher tenure reform, a private school vouchers bill and others.
"Those bills will help to make sure we have a great teacher in every classroom. Those bills will help to make sure that our children aren't trapped in failing schools. Those bills will help to make sure that our school leaders have more flexibility to adopt best practices in their schools across the state of Louisiana."
The Governor says the second-most important legislation passed changed the state workers' retirement to something more like a 401K. He says this will help the state pay down over $18 billion in state retirement debt.
"This move is not only going to give our state employees a portable, sustainable retirement plan that will best meet their needs, but it also is better for taxpayers and better for the state of Louisiana."
Only a portion of Jindal's retirement reforms were able to pass the Louisiana Legislature.
Jindal says he will inspect each bill that crosses his desk individually and give careful consideration before he either signs it, vetoes it, or allows it to become law without his signature. Jindal says many of the bills will help make Louisiana a better place, bills that he says "continue to protect our children from sex offenders...help our veterans" and "put more money into our rural roads."