Jindal to decide on bill to open future governors' records
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.