Jul 1, 2010 11:59 AM by Melissa Canone
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Over an objection from one of his
cabinet secretaries, Gov. Bobby Jindal has agreed to let lawmakers
tap into an artificial reef fund to pay for their pet projects.
Jindal signed the legislation Wednesday, despite complaints from
Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham, who questioned the
legality of moving $10 million from the Artificial Reef Development
Fund and using it for things other than conservation projects.
Lawmakers used that money to help cover the costs of nearly $30
million in legislative earmarks to projects in their districts.
Barham told The Advocate that oil and gas companies donate money
to turn obsolete drilling platforms into artificial reefs to create
fishing spots. He says diverting the money violates a contract with