Minden Press-Herald

Sep 22nd

Fate of TOPS may be put in hands of voters

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal’s push to dedicate a stream of tobacco settlement funding to help cover costs for the state’s free college tuition program known as TOPS won approval Monday from the Senate Finance Committee, despite complaints the measure would strip future dollars for health services.

The 6-2 vote sends the measure (Senate Bill 53) to the full Senate for debate. If approved by the full House and Senate in a two-thirds vote, the constitutional amendment also would require approval from voters in the fall election.

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