A more generous state income tax break for private school tuition now is state law.
Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Monday that he has signed 200 bills from the recent session into law, including Senate Bill 13 by state Sen. Rob Marionneaux, D-Grosse Tete.
Louisiana already had a state income tax deduction for 50 percent of private school tuition up to $5,000 per child. SB13 removes the 50 percent cap, allowing a maximum $5,000 deduction.
The enhanced tax break is expected to reduce state government revenue by $5.3 million a year.
During a two-month-long legislative session, lawmakers sent 439 bills to the governor. Jindal now has dealt with nearly half of them. He vetoed two bills.
Still awaiting his action is the state’s $25 billion operating budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.
Also still pending Jindal’s approval are the state construction budget and a death benefit for the families of 32 Louisiana National Guardsmen.
The bills signed, which now become law or is scheduled to become law soon, include:
- House Bill 232 by state Rep. Nick Lorusso, R-New Orleans, to grant a college tuition exemption to the spouses and children of Louisiana National Guardsmen killed while serving in state active duty.
- House Bill 243 by state Rep. Helena Moreno, D-New Orleans, to make legal in Louisiana cars and trucks with television screens on the dashboard that cannot be easily seen by the driver.
The technology, known as “split view” screens, currently only is available on Mercedes Benz vehicles. The screens are designed to allow the front seat passenger to watch a program.
- House Bill 550 by state Rep. Robert Johnson, D-Marksville, to allow Louisiana tax filers to make a donation to Make-A-Wish Foundation. The organization grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.
- Senate Bill 30 by state Sen. Mike Walsworth, R-West Monroe, to allow Louisiana tax filers to donate their refunds to the Louisiana Bicentennial Commission and the Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Commission.
- Senate Bill 157 by state Sen. Jody Amedee, R-Gonzales, to allow Lamar-Dixon Expo Center to accept corporate sponsorships.