Jindal signs legislation into law

Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law two bills aimed at supporting Louisiana’s veterans and a third restricting the sale of electronic cigarettes.

House Bill 654 by state Rep. Nick Lorusso, R-New Orleans, will expand residential lease protections for members of the military, to make it easier for them and their spouses to terminate home and apartment leases.

The other measure, Senate Bill 538, sponsored by state Sen. John Smith, R-Leesville, establishes a voluntary registry for veterans exposed to open-air burn pits during wartime, to help them access treatment for any health conditions tied to the exposure.

“These bills build on our previous efforts to help support and honor Louisiana Veterans who fought tirelessly to protect our freedoms,” the Republican governor said in a statement.

Jindal also has signed into law a ban on selling electronic cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18 in Louisiana. The bill (Senate Bill 12) by Sen. Rick Gallot, D-Ruston, outlaws sales of e-cigarette, vaporizers and other alternative nicotine products to minors, like the state already does for cigarette sales.