Governor Bobby Jindal vetoed HB 591 yesterday morning and issued the following veto letter to the Legislature today:
June 12, 2011
The Honorable Alfred W. Speer
Clerk of the House
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Re: House Bill No. 591 by Representative Ritchie
Dear Mr. Speer:
House Bill 591 repeals the June 30, 2012 sunset on the 4/20 of one cent tax on cigarettes and makes the tax permanent. I have made a commitment to the taxpayers of Louisiana to oppose all attempts to raise taxes.
For this reason, I have vetoed House Bill No. 591 and hereby return it to the House of Representatives.