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La. Senate backs new limits on governor's records exemptions

1 year 7 months 1 day ago May 06, 2015 May 6, 2015 Wednesday, May 06 2015 May 06, 2015 4:44 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Melinda Deslatte

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Senate decided the governor's ability to keep documents in his office hidden should be much more limited.

With no debate, senators voted 35-0 to scale back the broad public records exemptions granted in current law.

The proposal by Sen. Dan Claitor, a Baton Rouge Republican, heads next to the House.

If passed there, it wouldn't impact Gov. Bobby Jindal. It would take effect with the next governor, elected this fall.

The bill would keep the governor's communications with internal staff exempt from disclosure.

But it would get rid of exemptions introduced in a 2009 law backed by Jindal that gave executive branch departments a six-month blackout period on budget documents and that allows hiding records considered part of a governor's "deliberative process."

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