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Monday, May 19, 2008

A Little Transparency Down On The Bayou, Please...

Gov. Bobby Jindal wants less sunshine for his office than the type of transparency that he touted on the campaign trail and that he used to call lawmakers into a special legislative session three months ago on the need for openness in government.

Jindal is opposing a bill that would require nearly all of his office to comply with the same public records laws as other state agencies. He cites a need to hide from the public papers and records, as part of executive privilege.

Other governors have opposed similar attempts at openness over the years. But they didn't campaign, as Jindal did, on ethics and cleaning up Louisiana's image. Jindal fails to mention that Louisiana ranks dead last on a list of the public's ability to scrutinize documents in the governor's office.

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