AG: Jindal should veto bill killing oil lawsuit

Posted: Jun 04, 2014 6:21 PM CDTUpdated: Jun 04, 2014 6:23 PM CDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's Attorney General has recommended Gov. Bobby Jindal veto a bill aimed at killing a lawsuit filed by a southeast Louisiana levee board against 97 oil and gas companies over damage to the state's wetlands.

In a letter dated Tuesday to Jindal, Attorney General James Caldwell says the legislation is "vaguely broad" and recommends that it be vetoed.

Jindal agreed to delay signing the measure at Caldwell's request earlier this week. The delay came after opponents circulated a memo from legal experts who said the bill might unintentionally affect state and local governments' claims against BP over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Jindal has until June 22 to veto the measure, should he decide that's necessary. If he takes no action, the bill becomes law without his signature.

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