Special Counsel Bill Threatens Levee Boards’ Independence

• Bureau of Governmental Research


In this release, BGR addresses a bill in the 2014 legislative session that would require the regional flood protection authorities to get the governor’s approval before hiring special counsel. The change would expose the flood protection authorities to political pressure and intervention from the governor. This has long-term implications for flood protection and coastal restoration.

The bill is one of three filed in response to the lawsuit that the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East (East Authority) filed against oil and gas companies. BGR has not taken a position on the merits or wisdom of the East Authority’s lawsuit.

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