Government Report Slams Senator Adley’s SB 79

Site of 17th Street Canal breach before work crews arrived. Photo/Matt Ewalt

Yesterday, the Bureau of Governmental Research issued a scathing report concluding that SB 79–proposed by Sen Robert Adley–should be rejected.

The BGR report wrote, “the devastating toll taken by the 2005 levee failures…prompted voters statewide to demand a different approach to flood protection in New Orleans.”

The report, said SB 79 “vastly increased the governor’s influence over the boards’ decision-making processes.” agrees and believes SB 79 will undo the historic legislation passed after the Army Corps of Engineers’ levees failed the people of the City. SB 79’s permanent changes appear to have one goal: to protect the Oil and Gas Industry.

Last July, the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East filed lawsuit against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies demanding that they fix the damage they did to our valuable coastal wetlands. But now Senate Bill 79 could derail the suit by allowing the Governor to “pack” the Levee Authority with industry sympathizers.

Click here and send a letter to your state legislators urging them to VOTE AGAINST SB 79.

It is critical that you send your letter by 3 p.m. today Wed April 23rd.

For the full report by the Bureau of Government Research, click here.

2 responses to “Government Report Slams Senator Adley’s SB 79”

  1. remy says:

    Your title is most inaccurate and disingenuous. This is NOT your government.
    The Bureau of Governmental Research is a private, non-profit, independent research organization dedicated to informed public policy making and the effective use of public resources for the improvement of government in the New Orleans metropolitan area.

    Don’t make this look like the government is watching out for YOU. Follow the money.

  2. S. Rosenthal says:

    Remy, you make a very good point. This is not a government sponsored report, and we agree that the title is misleading. –Sandy

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