Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has rejected a bill on Friday June 25, 2010, that would have required him to make public and to preserve all his offices documents involving the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The wrote in his veto letter that, 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. He is concerned that the access could jeopardize the states position in seeking legal remedy for the spills damage.
The sponsor of the bill, Senator Robert Adley that Jindals veto was expected. Adley added that Jindals office has been fighting transparency for the past 3 years he has been in office. Also, Jindals chief lawyer, Stephen Waguspack, opposed several public records bill, guess it is a trend for Jindals.
Adley doesnt think that there is a chance of getting lawmakers to agree to override Jindals veto.
Jindal has said he wants BP to open its claims database to the state to help with payments to those affected by the spill. It is amazing that Jindal is pushing BP to open some of its records when he refuses to open his.
Maybe it comes down to show me yours and Ill show you mine.
House Bill 37 can be found here.