Governor Bobby Jindal visited Evangeline Parish Thursday, July 31, for a town hall style meeting in Mamou.
With approximately 80 people in attendance at the Farmers Gas Corp., Jindal discussed his and the legislature’s accomplishments in the recent session.
In regards to ethics laws, Jindal reported the state has made great strides. With ethics being his big push when he was elected, he said Louisiana now ranks first in the nation for the toughness of its new ethics laws passed during session.
Jindal also discussed his plans for the future of the state and some of his ideas on how to help Louisiana grow, including removing business taxes no other state has to encourage new industry to locate in this state and bring with it more jobs for our citizens. Jindal said in the recent session some of these taxes have been removed, but there is still a long way to go.
Another important accomplishment, Jindal said, was a bill he signed to allow castration of convicted child molesters. For the first offense, depending on the severity of the crime, castration would be an option, but on a second conviction, it would be mandatory. Jindal said he was asked by a reporter if this was the message he wanted to send about Louisiana, and Jindal said, “Absolutely. We want it known that we will not tolerate monsters going after our children.”
After the town hall meeting in Mamou, Jindal visited Jennings to honor World War II veterans and then Church Point for another town hall meeting.