BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Gov. John Bel Edwards did not veto a front-loaded approach to the TOPS scholarship program in the new budget, despite calling it bad policy.
The governor signed the amendment into law Friday as part of the supplemental state budget. He did not line-item veto the TOPS language, saying he feared potential legal action.
College students receiving TOPS will get their scholarship funded at 100 percent for the fall semester and only at 42 percent for the spring semester.
Lawmakers passed the state budget bill hours before the end of the second special session as House Republicans pushed for the amendment front-loading TOPS.
The plan relies on the state generating additional revenue from things like rising oil prices, but if no more money comes in, students could be forced to foot a big portion of tuition.
Lawmakers said the delay would also give students more time to prepare.
Gov. Edwards talked about his decision not to veto amendment in a letter to the Speaker of the House and Senate President: