Effort to curb governor's public records exemption heads to House, nearing final passage


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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — Lawmakers appear ready to put new limits on the Louisiana governor's broad public records exemptions.

The proposal by Sen. Dan Claitor, a Baton Rouge Republican, would keep the governor's communications with internal staff exempt from disclosure. But it would get rid of several exemptions introduced into public records law in a 2009 revamp backed by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

The measure won support Wednesday from the House and Governmental Affairs Committee without objection, sending it to the full House for consideration. The Senate has backed the bill, which would take effect when a new governor enters office in January.

Though the changes wouldn't impact Jindal, it's unclear if he'd let the bill become law. The Republican governor hasn't taken a position on the proposal so far.

Senate Bill 190: http://www.legis.la.gov

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