Approaches to the new bridge between New Roads and St. Francisville will be named for two Marine Corps generals under legislation that Gov. Bobby Jindal announced signing into law Tuesday.
The governor also signed bills raising tuition for some community college students, increasing fees for offenders and making oyster shells the state’s gemstone.
House Bill 200 by state Rep. Tom McVea, R-St. Francisville, began as an attempt to name the bridge itself after native two sons, Gens. Robert H. Barrow and John A. Lejeune.
Legislators opted to stick with naming the bridge for naturalist John James Audubon.
As a compromise, the east approach to the bridge will be named for Barrow and the west approach for Lejeune. Monuments will be erected to pay tribute to the men.
Barrow died in St. Francisville three years ago. He was a Marine Corps commandant.
He served in three wars and worked to stop abuse of recruits during training.
Born in Pointe Coupee Parish, Lejeune died in 1942. The U.S. Naval Academy described him as “the greatest of all Leathernecks.”
He served as commandant of the Marine Corps and led the Virginia Military Institute during his military career.
Jindal is working his way through the hundreds of bills that legislators sent to his desk during the two-month session that ended earlier this month.
The batch of bills he announced signing Tuesday includes:
House Bill 110 by state Rep. Ernest Wooton, No Party-Belle Chasse, requires people on probation or parole to pay $150 to request to move out of state.
House Bill 121, by Wooton, increases probation and parole fees by $10 per month for thousands of offenders.
House Bill 122, by Wooton, allows the courts to charge defendants up to $150 for the pre-sentence investigations that provide background details to judges.
House Bill 246 by state Rep. Scott Simon, R-Abita Springs, makes oyster shells the state gemstone. The previous state gemstone, agate, now will be the official state mineral.
House Bill 526 by state Rep. Joel Robideaux, No Party-Lafayette, allows community and technical colleges to “standardize” their mandatory tuition and fees to almost $2,400 a year for full-time students, not counting student-approved fees.