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Lawmakers refuse to expand public records access


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lawmakers on the House ethics committee backed Gov. Bobby Jindal's effort to keep most of his records shielded from public view.

The House and Governmental Affairs Committee voted 6-3 Tuesday against a measure that would have opened more of the governor's office to scrutiny. Jindal opposed the bill.

Under existing law, most of the documents and emails in the governor's office are shielded 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.

Thibodaux Rep. Jerome "Dee" Richard wanted to limit the governor's public records exemption to internal communication between the governor, his chief of staff and his executive counsel.

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