Dear Mr. Speer:
House Bill No. 865 by Representative Barrow gives the newly constituted Capital Area Transit System (CATS) Board the authority to raise fees by more than twenty-five percent in any twelve-month period without the prior authorization of the appropriate parish or city governing authority.
This bill also weakens oversight of the CATS System provided by East Baton Rouge Parish.
For these reasons, I have vetoed House Bill No. 865 and hereby return it to the House of Representatives.
On June 8th, 2012, Governor Bobby Jindal vetoed the controversial CATS legislation, HB865 by Representative Barrow.