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Public records exemptions advance in Legislature

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Posted: May 14, 2014 11:12 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: senate, public records, privacy, security cameras, state buildings, surveillance

BATON ROUGE - State senators are pushing new exemptions to Louisiana's public records law that would hide jury questionnaires and state building security footage from the public.

The jury questionnaire secrecy bill, by Shreveport Sen. Barrow Peacock, is further along. It's been approved by the Senate and was advanced to the full House for debate with unanimous support Wednesday from the House and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Peacock says he wants to make sure jury service doesn't violate privacy rights.

The proposal to shield the state building surveillance video, by Keithville Sen. Sherri Smith Buffington, started advancing Wednesday.

The Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee backed the measure without objection and with little discussion, sending it to the full Senate for consideration.

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