Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Thursday that he signed legislation that increases betting opportunities at racetracks despite his stated opposition to the expansion of gambling.
The bill allows “account wagering” allowing Louisiana pari-mutuel horse race track wagers to bet on races at other tracks throughout the U.S.
The governor also signed bills that provide tax exemptions for breastfeeding items and cigar smoking convention-goers.
The measures are among 363 bills that the governor has signed from the 2011 Regular Legislative Session. More than 100 bills still await his signature, including the state budget legislation.
The impact of the tax exemptions on state revenue is unclear. The financial cost of the breastfeeding exemption tax break, for example, depends on how much women spend on items.
The governor signed:
• House Bill 305 by state Rep. Anthony Ligi, R-Metairie, allows courts to reduce the sentences of defendants who help in the prosecution of another person.
• House Bill 364 by state Rep. Chris Roy Jr., D-Alexandria, encourages high schools to implement sports injury management programs. The hiring of athletic trainers for football games would hinge on a school’s ability to pay the expense as well as the availability of trainers in the workforce.
• House Bill 420 by state Rep. Ledricka Thierry, D-Opelousas, to expand betting at racetracks around the state.
• Senate Bill 82 by state Sen. Yvonne Dorsey, D-Baton Rouge, exempts breastfeeding items from state sales tax. Eligible items include breast pumps and nursing bras.
• Senate Bill 210 by state Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, temporarily exempts cigars and pipe tobacco sampled at a convention from state tobacco tax. The legislation targets the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association convention planned for New Orleans. The exemption is only from Jan. 1, 2013, to Dec. 31, 2016.