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Friday, May 11, 2007

Case and Political Scumbag #1. Bob Odom

Bob Odom and His Cronies Are at it Again

House Bill 399?

Has anyone taken a look at HB 399? If not then get ready for the story of your life...

It seems like just yesterday, weary hurricane victims and concerned citizens lined the rails and galleries of the state capitol demanding change. Their message: reform south Louisiana’s levee boards by replacing politico appointees and good ole boys with trained knowledgeable professionals and engineers. Their effort worked. The legislature and the Governor followed as the people led.

One year later, it appears that state lawmakers lead by Ag Commissioner Bob Odom have teamed up to bring Louisiana right back down the dark path (again) to political corruption and cronyism. House Bill 399 is actually attempting to exempt soil and water conservation districts by the Dept. of Agriculture from having a licensed CPA conduct audits. It also exempts these districts from further audit by the legislative auditor.

So let’s get this straight…

#1. Bob Odom wants to change the current law to exempt soil and water conservation districts from using a licensed and trained professional CPA & the legislative auditor from conducting their audits.

#2. Bob Odom wants folks from within the Dept. of Ag & Forestry (DAF) to conduct these audits.

#3. The audits conducted by these non-licensed professionals are in compliance.

That’s it…no further audit is required by the legislative auditor. Wow!! Turn the clock back, dig up Huey’s grave and let EWE out of jail. We gotta hot one here folks!

It’s baffling how in the year when everyone has decided to embrace ethics reform, the legislature could engineer such a blatant violation of the public trust. On the other hand, it’s no surprise that Bob Odom is behind this.

Hopefully the voters will rise up as they did in the fight to reform our levee boards, hold these legislators accountable and finally put an end to Bob Odom’s tenure of corruption.

If you would like to read the whole of House Bill 399, go to www.legis.state.la.us


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