Jindal asks for voucher plan approval as session opens

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG  -- Gov. Bobby Jindal on Monday said he is seeking substantial changes in Louisiana’s public education system not for the next election but for the next generation. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Gov. Bobby Jindal on Monday said he is seeking substantial changes in Louisiana’s public education system not for the next election but for the next generation.

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2:15 p.m.

The Louisiana Legislature opened session on Monday afternoon.

In an address to a joint session of the Legislature, Gov. Bobby Jindal asked lawmakers to approve his controversial plan to create a program that would allow parents in some public schools to use vouchers of taxpayer dollars to pay for tuition in private schools.

Jindal also asked for support for his plan to decrease the costs for the retirements of state employees.

Legislators are expected to begin considering 1,589 bills currently on their agenda on Tuesday when committees begin meeting. Lawmakers are required to meet 60 days during an 85-day period. The session must adjourn no later than 6 p.m. on June 4.

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