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PAR says public records bill would stifle open government

Two bills introduced this session, which would have opened most of the governor’s records to the public, are all but dead due to strong opposition from the administration. Instead, the administration supports SB 278, which purports to move Louisiana forward in executive branch transparency but would actually deliver a devastating blow to open government. SB […]

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Records bill would thwart transparency, PAR says

Louisiana law generally provides that documents of public bodies shall be open to the public. However, hundreds of exceptions to the general rule have been created both in statute and case law. This session, the Legislature is again considering redefining the public records exception for the office of the governor. One bill (SB 278) being […]

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PAR Says Scrap Records Exception for Governor, Start Over

It is time to end the broad exception from public records laws that Louisiana grants to the governor’s office. A limited exception that would shield from public view only the records directly in the custody of the governor, his chief of staff and his executive counsel should replace the current exception that covers records in […]

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PAR Wraps Up the Special Session on Ethics

The special legislative session that adjourned on Tuesday yielded an impressive set of reforms to the state’s ethics, campaign finance and other laws. Several long-resisted changes were enacted to disclose public officials’ personal financial dealings, forbid state officials from personally profiting through state contracts, eliminate many of the freebies officials have traditionally enjoyed, require more […]

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