Louisiana governor rejects handful of measures from session
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards has rejected six measures sent to him by Louisiana lawmakers from the legislative session that ended earlier this month, with most of the vetoed bills drawing little attention.
The Democratic governor refused to allow golf carts to cross state highways in the town of Church Point in Acadia Parish. He scrapped a bill to prohibit the sale of state-financed construction projects if the debt hasn't been repaid unless lawmakers vote to agree. He jettisoned a measure extending reporting requirements for licensing boards to submit quarterly reports about complaints they receive.
Edwards also refused to tweak custody rules for 17-year-olds accused of misdemeanor delinquencies. And he vetoed regulations for fantasy sports betting, because those rules were tied to a separate tax bill that didn't win final passage.
Drawing the most attention so far is Edwards' rejection of a bill outlining the transition process for Baton Rouge and a proposed new city if voters agree to create St. George in this fall's election. The legislation sharply divided Baton Rouge lawmakers.
A few bills from the legislative session still await Edwards' decisions. The governor vetoed 26 measures from the three prior years of sessions.
House Bills 11, 117, 459, 497 and Senate Bills 171, 229: www.legis.la.gov