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Feb 6, 2013 9:09 AM by AP

Lawmakers seek to limit Jindal's records exemption

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Two lawmakers are proposing to open more of the governor's office to scrutiny, with a bill that would limit the expansive public records exemption currently on the books.

Rep. Jerome "Dee" Richard of Thibodaux and Sen. Rick Gallot of Ruston have filed the measure, to be considered in the legislative session that begins in April.

Under existing law, most of the documents and emails in the governor's office are shielded from public view, with a broad exemption that hides anything considered part of the governor's "deliberative process." The argument is that internal decision-making is protected to allow for the free flow of ideas.

Richard's and Gallot's bill would strip that deliberative process exemption and shield only internal communication between the governor, his chief of staff and his executive counsel.




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