“This veto is not the fruit of wise leadership. There’s a time for politics and a time for principle. This time, principle trumps politics. Tobacco, if not already legal, would be an illegal drug. It is the worst legal substance human beings can place inside their bodies. Don’t be on record today as supporting its use.”
—Rep. Hollis Downs (R-Ruston), urging fellow House members to override Gov. Bobby Jindal’s veto of the 4-cent cigarette tax renewal. The override effort fell 12 votes short.