‘Fate of revived cigarette tax uncertain’

The Advocate reports:

The fate of legislation that added the renewal of a 4-cent cigarette tax onto a constitutional amendment to dedicate more tobacco settlement dollars to merit-based TOPS scholarships sat in limbo Tuesday because of indecision on how to move forward.

Senate Bill 53 sponsor state Sen. John Alario, R-Westwego, said Tuesday he is still discussing with colleagues whether he wants to concur or reject the House amendments that tacked the cigarette tax renewal onto the bill.

Alario must address the matter before the legislative session ends Thursday.

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