Mar 4, 2011 6:17 AM by Nichole Larkey & AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State legislative leaders have formed a special committee to oversee the BP claims process led by Kenneth Feinberg.
The committee will be chaired by New Orleans Rep. Walt Leger, a Democrat. It is expected to hold its first meeting this month.
Senate President Joel Chaisson said the committee was formed because of complaints about the way Feinberg is handling the nearly 200,000 spill claims filed by Louisiana individuals and businesses with the Gulf Coast Claims Facility.
Feinberg has been criticized by BP for being overly generous in his disbursement methodology and by oil spill victims who say they have been treated unfairly.
The panel will be similar to a special committee created after the 2005 hurricanes. It will have the power to subpoena witnesses, but will not be able to force changes to the claims process.