Lousiana Lawmakers scheduled eight bills for House and Senate committee related to public records and public meetings

Lawmakers scheduled eight bills for House and Senate committee hearings today that are related to public records and public meetings. Good government advocates and lobbyists for the working press can be found on both sides of the policy proposals, but they collectively represent a much larger trend playing out at the Capitol. “The number of…

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Louisiana’s AG sued a local school board over a meeting where teacher were removed

 Louisiana’s attorney general sued a local school board Thursday over a meeting disrupted by the video-recorded arrest of a teacher being roughly handcuffed on a hallway floor after she criticized the district superintendent’s pay raise. Attorney General Jeff Landry’s lawsuit accuses the Vermilion Parish School Board and its members of violating the state’s Open Meetings…

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Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana wins national award for Sunshine Headquarters

The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR), the NFOIC  member organization that co-hosted the 2013 FOI Summit in New Orleans, has won a national award for its new "Sunshine Headquarters" Web portal from the Governmental Research Association (GRA).

GRA is a national organization of individuals and groups who study and make recommendations on state and local policy issues. The award was presented during the annual GRA conference held last week in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

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Appellate panel rules in favor of The Advocate in public records suit

From The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA:  A panel of the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal in Baton Rouge provided no safe haven Friday for the LSU system’s efforts to keep secret records of its search for a new president. That search ended in March with the selection of F. King Alexander, former president of California State University in Long Beach, Calif.

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