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May 2, 2014

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Filed under: Governance, Levees

Jefferson Parish Council opposes Sen. Robert Adley’s levee board bills

By Ben Myers

NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

May 2, 2014

The Jefferson Parish Council this week formalized its opposition to state Sen. Robert Adley’s attempts to restructure New Orleans-area levee authorities.

Adley has two pending bills that critics say would reverse post-Hurricane Katrina efforts to depoliticize levee boards. Senate Bill 629 would fold the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East and its West Bank counterpart into the executive branch under the Coastal Protection Restoration Authority. That bill was scheduled for consideration in the Transportation, Highways and Public Works committee on Thursday (May 1) but was deferred.

Adley’s SB 79 would allow the governor sole discretion in removing levee authority board members for violations of state law. Adley amended the bill to eliminate violations of “public policy” as grounds for removing a board member. That provision had been a particular sore point for the Bureau of Governmental Research and others who said it was too vague of a mandate.

Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans founder Ruthie Frierson told the Jefferson Parish Council at its meeting Wednesday that SB79 is “a very undemocratic thing, it goes against the grain of what was created.”

“The interpretation of state law will be strictly that of the governor’s,” said Frierson, whose group was instrumental in passing post-Katrina constitutional amendments that established the independent levee authorities. “There’s no recourse for any member who is removed.”

SB79 is scheduled for a full senate hearing on Monday.

Adley’s bills are being debated as Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration is embroiled in a political tug-of-war with some members of the east bank regional levee authority over the levee board’s lawsuit seeking to force oil and gas companies to fix wetlands damage.

May 2, 2014

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Filed under: Governance, Levees

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