Posted: Jun 17, 2013 3:02 PM by AP(PHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINE)
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Attempts to limit Gulf Coast oil spill penalty money to coastal restoration in the Louisiana Constitution failed to gain legislative passage for a second year in a row.
Disagreements continue over just how tightly the dollars should be restricted.
Rep. Simone Champagne of Erath says she wants to make sure the billions of dollars that Louisiana will receive because of the 2010 BP oil spill can't be diverted to fill budget gaps.
Sen. Norby Chabert of Houma says the state doesn't need to further handcuff itself in how it can use the money, because the spending already is restricted by federal law to coastal recovery.
Champagne's bill dealt with money Louisiana will receive for violations of the federal Clean Water Act.
House Bill 118 can be found at www.legis.la.gov