DALLAS — A Louisiana bill proposing $3 billion of revenue bonds for state road projects died in a legislative committee Tuesday when its sponsor voluntarily deferred it due to opposition from lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal. The bill would have raised the state’s private-vehicle registration fee to $30 from $10 to support up to $3 billion of bonds for 42 projects in 27 parishes.
Rep. Hollis Downs, R-Ruston, vice chairman of the House Transportation Committee, withdrew HB 483 from consideration. The move came as executives of several highway trade groups were at the witness table to testify in support of his proposal.