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Friday, April 10, 2009

Anticipated bill would open La. governor's records

When WWL-TV requested Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's 2008 calendar, his office said the state Constitution protects that data as well as his letters, e-mails and writings. An anticipated bill would change that. Jindal opposed a similiar bill last year, but public pressure may prevent that from occuring this year.

A bill that would make more of Governor Bobby Jindal’s records available to the public is expected to be introduced at this year’s legislative session in Baton Rouge.

It’s similar to a measure that Jindal opposed last year, but one that some lawmakers say would put him on a level playing field with other elected officials who are required to respond to public records requests.

In January, Eyewitness News made a request for Jindal’s 2008 calendar, but his office rejected the request, saying that the Louisiana Constitution protects that information.

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