Gov. Bobby Jindal signed two bills affecting veterans Wednesday that deals with military funerals as well as health and substance abuse support services for veteran offenders who are in the legal system.

Gov. Bobby Jindal signed two bills affecting veterans Wednesday that deals with military funerals as well as health and substance abuse support services for veteran offenders who are in the legal system.
Senate Bill 72 creates a buffer zone that prohibits the disruption or obstruction of a funeral procession, funeral or burial. Under the bill, protests within 300 feet of a funeral, memorial service or burial are prohibited, and any obstructions within 500 feet of the event are also prohibited. In addition, protests or any disruptive behavior on procession routes to the funeral, memorial service or burial are barred.
The buffer zone will be effective from two hours before the service until two hours after the service, and SB 72 raises the fine for disruption of funeral and memorial services and routes from $100 to $500.
Senate Bill 32 helps to identify rehabilitative resources available to veteran offenders at sentencing. The legislation helps veterans access veteran-specific mental health or substance abuse services by granting judges when sentencing veteran defendants the authority to require that the Department of Corrections partner with the Department of Veterans Affairs to identify existing support programs.