Louisiana legislators considering new list of public records exemptions

Louisiana’s lawmakers are considering ways to lock away more information from public view this session, proposing a list of public records exemptions that would chip away at people’s rights to see information from government agencies. The number and breadth of exemptions filed for consideration represent an uptick, raising concerns that public officials are working to…


Judge: Governor’s Office Complied With Public Records Law

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office complied with Louisiana’s public records law in responding to an environmental group’s request for documents about an oil pipeline project, a judge ruled Friday. State District Court Judge Wilson Fields refused to order Edwards’ office to conduct another search for records requested by the Louisiana…


LSU rebuffs requests for records on budget cuts

From The Advocate – Baton Rouge:

LSU denied public access to emails and documents related to budget cuts for public hospitals and efforts to move more of the LSU health care operations into the private sector.

Shelby McKenzie, a private Baton Rouge lawyer acting as LSU System’s general counsel, said Tuesday that his clients are invoking the “deliberative process privilege” to keep those records secret.


Education dept. again turning down records request

From NECN.com:

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — After saying last August that a public records request would be fulfilled, Louisiana’s education department is again refusing to provide The Associated Press with records on how schools were chosen to participate in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s new statewide voucher program.