Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced that he has signed HB 208 into law, bringing the total number of bills signed for the 2011 Regular Legislative Session to 110 bills. HB 208 by Rep. Jones relates to the Morgan City Harbor and Terminal District.
The Governor also announced today he vetoed HB 229 and issued the following veto letter:
June 23, 2011
The Honorable Alfred W. Speer
Clerk of the House
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Re: House Bill No. 229 by Representative Hazel
Dear Mr. Speer:
House Bill No. 229 by Representative Hazel amends the definition of "aged person" in the crime of cruelty to the infirmed by increasing the age from 60 to 65 years of age or older. Cruelty to the infirmed is the intentional or criminally negligent mistreatment or neglect by any person whereby unjustifiable pain, malnourishment or suffering is caused to an aged person. I do not see the benefit in raising the age class and taking away the protection afforded our fellow Louisianians.
For this reason, I have vetoed House Bill No. 229 and hereby return it to the House of Representatives.