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Jul 8, 2011 7:26 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Tax donations OK'd for food banks, bicentennials

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Two bills signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal will let taxpayers direct their refund money to food banks or Louisiana's bicentennial celebrations.
The first measure - by Dry Creek Rep. Dorothy Sue Hill - will allow taxpayers to sign away all or part of their refunds to the Louisiana Food Bank Association to help finance operations of financially-strapped food banks around the state.
The Times-Picayune says the second measure, by West Monroe Sen. Mike Walsworth, allows taxpayers to check off a box donating all or some of their refunds to the Louisiana Bicentennial Commission, which is planning state activities commemorating the 200th anniversary of Louisiana statehood, or to the Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Commission.

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