Bills pass out of committee 5/4/09

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Legislators passed a few interesting bills out of committee Monday. Some deal with safety, while others involve taxpayer money. A couple of bills backed by Governor Bobby Jindal, like the one to repeal the state helmet law and the one that gives people the right to health care refusal, were put off until a later date in the session.

Of the bills voted on Monday, one was to require all passengers in vehicles to wear seat belts. It passed out of a House committee and next goes to House floor. Another would create a tax amnesty period starting in July and lasting until June of 2010. The bill is part of Governor Jindal's legislative package. He says the state needs to collect tax dollars to replenish the emergency response fund for events like swine flu. The amnesty bill passed out of a House committee Monday.

Legislators also heard bills to increase and ones to decrease the state's homestead exemption.

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