Capitol Views by Maginnis: 'Legacy lawsuits' bills delayed
An expected clash over "legacy lawsuits" dealing with oilfield contamination was today put off until next week by Judiciary A Committee Chairman Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa, who is viewed as the key vote on the industry-friendly Senate Bill 443. Industry representatives had hoped to move the bill through the Judiciary Committee because they see it as a more receptive forum than the Natural Resources Committee, where similar bills have been heard in the past. Next week will start with an informational meeting of the Joint Natural Resources Committee, which may be an effort to maintain those panels for the oilfield contamination suit legislation. Expected to appear before the joint committee is attorney Jimmy Faircloth, who has drafted SB 528 for the chairman, Sen. Gerald Long, R-Natchitoches, on behalf of Faircloth's client, major landowner Roy O. Martin III, a constituent of Long and supporter of Gov. Bobby Jindal. Faircloth and industry representatives have negotiated a compromise but have not been able to agree on how to allow companies to accept responsibility for cleanup without admitting liability for damages. Read the full column here for additional coverage on committee approval of a bill today to merge the state's Pardon and Parole boards. Read the full story here.
(John Maginnis will publish a daily update throughout the legislative session on Daily Report PM. The report is also available to LaPolitics Weekly subscribers on the Subscribers Only page at LaPolitics.com. Registration is available on the homepage.)
Louisiana Public Broadcasting is providing a daily video update featuring highlights of the session, which you can see beginning at 6 p.m. here.
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