Jindal vetoes bill to open oil spill records

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  1. DisgruntledTunaFan

    DisgruntledTunaFan In the Starting Line-Up

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    BATON ROUGE, La. -- 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.

    Read more: Jindal vetoes bill to open oil spill records - Florida AP - MiamiHerald.com
  2. Patsfanin Philly

    Patsfanin Philly Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    Jan 16, 2005
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    Why let BP know your every move if you plan on suing them? By making those documents public, it weakens the state's position vis a vis giving BP the equivalent of internal corporate documents that wouldn't normally be available in a court fight between two corporations absent subpoena or discovery requests.

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