Louisiana Politicians Want Government to Have Power to Force Utility to Sell Assets

Big government Republicans like the state's senator David Vitter and its governor Bobby Jindal


Sen. David Vitter, R-La., has joined the chorus of elected officials pledging a hard look at the response from Entergy, the state's largest utility, in the wake of Hurricane Isaac. In a letter sent Tuesday to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and the state's legislative leaders, Vitter, the state's junior senator, and Jefferson Parish President John Young called for a constitutional amendment that would give the government the power to force a utility to sell its assets if it fails to perform, an option created to ensure reliability "in those hopelessly rare cases when needed," according to a copy obtained by the Times-Picayune.