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Constitutional limits on oil spill money fails

3 years 11 months 4 days ago June 17, 2013 Jun 17, 2013 Monday, June 17 2013 June 17, 2013 2:15 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - 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.

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