Baton Rouge: Governor Bobby Jindal announced he has signed bills passed by the Legislature into law, bringing the total number of bills signed for the 2012 Regular Legislative Session to 468 bills. The Governor also vetoed HB 133 and issued the attached veto letter.
Governor Jindal signed the following bills into law:
HB 26 by Rep. Connick relates to expropriated residential property.
HB 271 by Rep. Lopinto relates to the inspection of riverboats.
HB 319 by Rep. Montoucet relates to the Assessor in Lafayette Parish.
HB 368 by Rep. Thompson relates to motions to strike.
HB 369 by Rep. Foil relates to the La. Commercial Laws.
HB 385 by Rep. Moreno relates to registration and voting by certain displaced registrants.
HB 402 by Rep. Edwards relates to the 21st Judicial District Court's Judicial Expense Fund.
HB 526 by Rep. Montoucet relates to firefighters ordered to active military duty prior to completion of one year of service.
HB 696 by Rep. St. Germain relates to the testing and licensing of commercial motor vehicle drivers.
HB 721 by Rep. Moreno relates to the certification of tobacco product manufacturers.
HB 767 by Rep. G. Jackson relates to the 24th Judicial District Court.
HB 844 by Rep. K. Jackson relates to forests and forestry.
HB 600 by Rep. Norton creates the crime of failure to report a missing or deceased child.
HB 1102 by Rep. Ligi relates to the La. Clerks' of Court Association.
HB 1113 by Rep. Johnson relates to the La. Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners.
HB 1143 by Rep. N. Landry relates to meeting agendas for public bodies.
SB 75 by Sen. Kostelka creates the crimes of failure to report a missing child and failure to report the death of a child.
SB 138 by Sen. Allain relates to vehicles hauling sugarcane.
SB 234 by Sen. G. Smith relates to the Louisiana Responsible Vendor Program.
SB 289 by Sen. Allain relates to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and the Teche-Vermilion Fresh Water District.
SB 313 by Sen. Donahue relates to the St. Tammany Parish Fund.
SB 317 by Sen. Martiny relates to parole eligibility for certain juveniles.
SB 324 by Sen. Perry relates to the Vermilion Parish Clerk of Court.
SB 394 by Sen. G. Smith relates to the rehabilitation, liquidation, and conservation of insurance companies by the La. Commissioner of Insurance.
SB 468 by Sen. Allain relates to certain saltwater fish used as bait.
SB 495 by Sen. Long relates to the Ground Water Resources Commission.
SB 523 by Sen. Heitmeier relates to the Algiers Levee District and the Orleans Levee District.
SB 582 by Sen. Gallot relates to handlebars on motorcycles.
SB 625 by Sen. Murray relates to the consolidation of courts in Orleans Parish.
SB 667 by Sen. G. Smith relates to driver education.
SB 746 by Sen. Peacock relates to domestic and foreign limited liability companies.
June 1, 2012
The Honorable Alfred W. Speer
Clerk of the House
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Re: House Bill No. 133 by Representative Armes
Dear Mr. Speer:
House Bill No. 133 conflicts with House Bill No. 499, which I have signed into law. The two bills seek to achieve the same goal: allowing Louisiana’s veterans the option to display their veteran status on their Louisiana driver’s license or state-issued identification card. However, whereas House Bill No. 499 allows a veteran to prove his or her veteran status by presenting a DD Form 214 or by presenting documents that are the equivalent of a DD Form 214, House Bill No. 133 restricts the ability of a veteran to prove his or her veteran status to submittal of the DD Form 214. There are other forms that serve the same function as the DD Form 214 and serve as adequate proof of veteran status.
The flexibility provided by House Bill No. 499 will prevent a true veteran without a DD Form 214 from being denied the “VETERAN” designation on their driver’s license or state identification card.
Therefore, I have vetoed House Bill No. 133 and hereby return it to the House of Representatives.