Attorney general says bill limiting lawsuit powers tied to poultry

OKLAHOMA CITY - Attorney General Drew Edmondson says a bill to limit his ability to file lawsuits on behalf of the state is tied to the poultry industry.

The bill passed out of the House Judiciary Committee on a 7-to-6 vote today and now goes to the full House for consideration. It restricts the attorney general from filing lawsuits without the authority of the governor, the House or the Senate.

Edmondson has threatened to sue Arkansas poultry companies including Tyson Foods and Simmons Foods if they don't come to an agreement on water quality, He says poultry litter from the companies' operations is destroying Oklahoma lakes and streams. Last month Edmondson canceled negotiations on a proposed settlement and accused poultry producers and the Oklahoma Farm Bureau of running an advertising campaign attacking his office.

Source: News Central
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