Gov. Edwards vetoes some bills lawmakers passed in 2022 Legislative Session

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Published: Jun. 1, 2022 at 10:27 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 28, 2022 at 8:06 AM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that he has vetoed or chosen not to sign some bills from the 2022 Regular Legislative Session.

The following is from the Office of the Governor:

  • SB 381 - Gov. Edwards has vetoed SB 381 because it does not adequately protect the public from predatory lending practices.
  • HB 216 - Gov. Edwards has vetoed HB 216 at the request of the bill’s author.
  • SB 36 creates an unnecessary expansion of criminal code. Click here to read the veto letter.
  • HB 1 - Gov. Edwards line-item vetoed portions of HB 1. Click here to read the veto letter.
  • HB 544 - Gov. Edwards has vetoed HB 544 because it is a significant rollback of the 2017 Justice Reinvestment effort, which was passed by the legislature with strong bipartisan support.
  • SB 44 - Gov. Edwards also issued a letter regarding his decision to let SB 44 become law without his signature. Click here to read the letter.
  • HB 661 would limit the authority of a parish president or mayor to have authority over a state building inside their parish or city during a declared emergency. This bill is simply too broad.
  • SB 145 would allow any charter school group with a corporate partner to submit a proposal directly to BESE for approval, bypassing the authority of the local school board for the jurisdiction in which the charter school intends to locate. The consequences of eliminating local approval of charter schools and diverting MFP dollars far outweighs any administrative benefit that may be received.
  • SB 379 seeks to not just use juvenile adjudication as an enhancement to a penalty provision; it seeks to establish the previous juvenile adjudication as an element of a new crime committed as an adult, requiring proof beyond a reasonable doubt. There are serious constitutional issues surrounding this bill.
  • HB 145 provides for a change in the Administrative Procedure Act by requiring agencies to notify all members of the legislature, via email, of administrative rule changes and the adoption of fees. Current law already provides for a requirement that the legislative leadership and the appropriate oversight committees of the legislature be notified of these administrative changes. This bill does not provide any additional transparency or oversight and could have significant, though perhaps unintended, effects.
  • HB 359 would require any election official to obtain the permission of the House and Senate Governmental Affairs Committees before implementing any “federal directive or guidance pertaining to elections without an explicit state or federal directive to do so.” The state and local officials should make every effort to encourage people to vote, make it easier for them to vote, and make sure every legal vote is counted. This bill does not further that goal, and it should not become law.
  • HB 492 contains a provision that provides an immunity, to sheriffs’ offices only, for arresting an individual when a written summons was authorized. The effect of this change provides for clear inequitable treatment for law enforcement agencies.

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