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Jindal vetoes cigarette tax renewal

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Gov. Bobby Jindal issued a veto letter to the Legislature indicating he vetoed the cigarette tax renewal.

In the letter, Jindal explained he vetoed House Bill 591, which would keep an expiring 4-cent per pack cigarette tax in place, because he made a commitment to the taxpayers of Louisiana to oppose all attempts to raise taxes.

The bill now goes back to the House of Representatives.

Lawmakers would need a two-thirds vote to override the veto.

If the Legislature votes to override, Jindal would be the first governor to have a veto overruled in nearly two decades. 

Only two gubernatorial vetoes have been overridden in modern times in Louisiana.

Click here for more on HB 591

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