Employees at Louisiana higher education institutions could soon be able to take up to four hours of paid leave to celebrate Veterans Day if they are veterans.

The state Senate Tuesday agreed to House Bill 1128 in a vote of 32-3. It previously earned approval in the House with 92-0. It now goes to Gov. Bobby Jindal for review.

HB1129 applies only to employees of higher education institutions who have served in the military.

Current state law requires universities and colleges designate a maximum of 14 holidays per calendar year for employees.

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