Lawsuit seeks Jindal adviser’s correspondence with oil and gas industry

From The Advocate: A New Orleans environmental activist is suing the state for copies of correspondence she says could shed light on conversations between Gov. Bobby Jindal’s top coastal-protection adviser and the energy industry about a local flood-protection board’s decision to file a massive lawsuit against dozens of oil and gas companies.


Public-records bill defeated again

From BATON ROUGE — Siding with arguments offered by Gov. Bobby Jindal’s chief attorney, a House committee voted Tuesday to deny the general public greater access to records created and maintained by the governor’s office.

Records ranging from travel logs and emails to contracts and memorandums are currently protected from public review if they are part of the office’s “deliberative process.”


Lawmakers seek to limit Jindal’s records exemption

From The Advocate:

Two lawmakers want to open more of the Louisiana Governor’s Office to scrutiny, proposing a bill that would limit the expansive public records exemption used by Gov. Bobby Jindal to hide nearly all documents in his office.

State Rep. Jerome “Dee” Richard, No Party-Thibodaux, and state Sen. Rick Gallot, D-Ruston, filed the measure this week to be considered in the legislative session that begins in April.


NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for December 21, 2012

State FOIA Friday News A few state FOIA and local open government news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier in the week:


Editorial: “E” in “email” should not stand for “evasion”

By Kenneth F. Bunting from NFOIC:

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Soon after getting the first CNN producer’s message asking about my availability for a live, next-morning segment with their anchor, I responded affirmatively—even before a half-day meeting had concluded.