Monday, June 28, 2010

OIL SPILL - What is This GOP Governor Trying to Hide?

"Bobby Jindal vetoes bill to open his office's records on oil spill" by Melinda DeSlatte, AP 6/27/2010


Gov. Bobby Jindal rejected a bill Friday that would have required him to make public and to preserve all his office's documents involving the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

In his veto letter, the governor said the legislation would have hurt the state's position in future litigation against BP PLC, the oil giant that leased the rig which exploded April 20 in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and causing the disaster.

"This bill would allow BP and other parties with potential liability to the state to obtain information retained by any state agency responding to this tragic event," Jindal wrote, saying such access could jeopardize the state's position in seeking legal remedy for the spill's damage.

The Senate sponsor of the public records provision said Friday night that Jindal's veto was expected. He noted that the governor has repeatedly fought attempts to require preservation and open most of his office's records to public scrutiny.

DUH! "This bill would allow BP and other parties .... obtain information retained by any state agency," shouldn't ALL litigants have the RIGHT to this info? Is Jindal protecting the state OR protecting himself? (I'll vote for Jindal's self interest)

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