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Governor Jindal at center of email debate

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Posted: Dec 10, 2012 5:34 PM by Mike Steele
Updated: Dec 10, 2012 5:34 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Jindal, administration, personal, private, emails, Erwin, budget

BATON ROUGE- Top officials in the Jindal administration used personal emails to talk about budget cuts, according to a recent Associated Press report.

It is the same type issue being debated around the country. Personal emails can make it more difficult to track information under public records laws.

Council for a Better Louisiana President Barry Erwin says it is a result of technology. He says years ago some government discussions would have been made on the phone with no paper trail. Email conversations result in records. Erwin says if someone is using their personal email to just get around or steer clear of public record, I think that is an area somebody needs to look at and see if we need to change our policies.

A Jindal spokesperson responded to the issue. Shannon Bates says governor Jindal is aware conducting any public business using any device is subject to public records law.

Personal emails sent among the governor's communications staff, now Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols and DHH Secretary Bruce Greenstein were not included in public information request as information for the AP article was gathered.

The AP reports indicate they were supplied by a member of the administration who did not want to be identified.

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