AG Caldwell asks for money for oil spill case

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Posted: May 28, 2010 12:33 PM by Associated Press

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Topics: Attorney General, Buddy Caldwell, oil spill, Senate Finance Committee, BP, British Petroleum, Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana, Deepwater Horizon, WBRZ

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is asking state lawmakers to beef up his budget, by $27 million over
two years, so he can prepare for an oil spill lawsuit.

Caldwell has yet to say who he'll sue or when he'll file such a lawsuit.

He says "at some point in the future" his office will sue.

But on Friday, he asked the Senate Finance Committee for $2 million more for his budget before the current fiscal year ends June 30.

And he asked the committee to add $25 million to his 2010-11 budget.

He says he needs the money to hire oil spill experts, to collect evidence and to contract with outside lawyers.

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