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Apr 25, 2014

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Filed under: Governance, Levees

Jefferson Chamber condemns efforts to put governor in control of levee boards

By Ben Myers

NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

April 25, 2014

The Jefferson Parish Chamber of Commerce voiced opposition Friday to a pair of legislative bills that critics say will reverse post-Hurricane Katrina levee board reforms. The bills by Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton, “greatly compromise the independence of the levee boards,” a chamber statement says.

Senate Bill 79 would let the governor remove members of the two New Orleans-area flood protection authorities for “violation of state law or public policy.” The Bureau of Governmental Research this week slammed the bill for “allowing a governor to unilaterally remove board members on grounds as vague as public policy.” The bill is awaiting consideration by the full Senate.

The chamber also opposes Senate Bill 629, which would fold the flood authorities within the Coastal Protection Restoration Authority. The authority is a state agency under the governor’s control. That bill is currently assigned to the Transportation, Highways and Public Works Committee.

“Voters went to the polls and sent a strong message to depoliticize the levee boards and replace them with professionals with industry experience; much more of a qualification than simply having political ties,” chamber President Todd Murphy said.

Apr 25, 2014

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Filed under: Governance, Levees

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