- Associated Press - Sunday, June 19, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. John Bel Edwards has vetoed three bills governing construction financing, state worker pay raises and corrections facilities.

The governor’s office released the vetoes Sunday, involving legislation from the regular session that ended earlier this month.

Edwards scrapped a bill to provide financing for the state construction budget, since that budget bill didn’t win final passage in the regular session. A new construction budget and companion financing bill were passed in the current special legislative session.

A second vetoed measure would have placed limits on pay raises doled out by public officials after an election and before an inauguration.

Edwards signed other, similar restrictions into law and said the proposal by Rep. Tony Bacala, R-Prairieville, was unnecessary. Edwards signed bills that require the joint House and Senate budget committee to approve executive branch salary increases for political appointees, known as unclassified workers, during the last months of a governor’s term.



The bills came in response to millions in raises given out by former Gov. Bobby Jindal’s cabinet secretaries only days or weeks before they exited office in January.

The third veto rejected a proposal to remove an accreditation requirement for pretrial diversion facilities, which are aimed at helping people to avoid prison. In his veto message, Edwards wrote that the facilities should be accredited by the American Correctional Association.

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House Bills 3 and 308, Senate Bill 403: www.legis.la.gov

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