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Jindal to decide on bill to open future governors' records

3 years 4 months 1 week ago Saturday, June 06 2015 Jun 6, 2015 June 06, 2015 11:22 AM June 06, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Melinda Deslatte

BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal will decide soon whether to make more of his successors' records available to the public.

With a 37-0 vote Saturday, the Senate gave final passage to a bill that would place new limits on future governors' ability to keep their records secret. The changes would take effect when a new governor takes office in January.

The proposal by Sen. Dan Claitor, a Baton Rouge Republican, would keep the governor's communications with internal staff exempt from disclosure.

But it would get rid of several exemptions placed in public records law in a 2009 bill backed by Jindal. Lawmakers say the exemptions have been more broadly interpreted than they intended.

Although, Jindal won't be affected, he hasn't said whether he'll sign the bill.

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