One of the fundamental principles of this country is that government must be open and accountable to the people.
Read More… from NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for February 15, 2013
From The Republic:
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — A lawyer's attempt to get more details about the execution procedures planned for his condemned client through Louisiana's public records law was tossed out Friday by … State District Judge William Morvant, [who] dismissed the lawsuit against the Department of Corrections, saying the complaint wasn't properly filed.
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.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The cause of a 34-minute blackout at the Super Bowl remains under investigation, but public records released Monday show that Superdome officials were worried about a power outage several months before the big game.
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:
Louisiana's public records law gives the governor a sweeping exemption that can keep many issues secret, but the administration of Gov. Bobby Jindal appears to be breaking new ground on ways to keep items hidden from citizens.