Legislature passes document privacy bill
BATON ROUGE - The Department of Economic Development will be able to continue shielding records from public view, if the documents are involved in active negotiations to attract or keep companies to Louisiana.
House Bill 208 by Rep. Erich Ponti, R-Baton Rouge, to extend the public records exemption indefinitely received final legislative passage Monday with a unanimous House vote. The exemption had been set to expire this year.
Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret has said the secrecy is needed to compete with other states for projects.
Ponti's bill heads to the desk of the governor, who supports it.