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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Louisiana FOI Reforms Down In Smoke...

Louisiana's popular new governor speaks with forked tongue when it comes to openness?

A Senate panel defeated legislation Wednesday that would have dramatically increased the number of governor’s office records available for public scrutiny.

The state Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee voted 3-2 against approving the House-passed measure aimed at improving the state’s ranking as one of the worst in the nation when it comes to transparency of records in the governor’s office.

Proponents noted how much Gov. Bobby Jindal says he likes good rankings when it comes to disclosure laws and transparency.

But Jindal’s executive counsel Jimmy Faircloth told the panel that the administration favored a Senate bill that keeps more governor’s records off-limits to the public.

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