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Tax-swap package now left to Louisiana voters

House passes bill that would hide corporate tax break data from the public

BY: - May 24, 2021

House lawmakers on Thursday voted 59-38 for a bill that would change the public records law to allow the state economic development agency to hide certain corporate tax incentive records from the public.  House Bill 456, sponsored by Rep. Rick Edmonds (R-Baton Rouge), proposes to make an exception to Louisiana’s public records law for certain […]

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House committee votes to let industries secretly audit themselves

BY: - May 6, 2021

The House and Governmental Affairs Committee advanced several bills this week that would weaken transparency by making various government records secret and hidden from the public for years. House Bill 72, sponsored by Rep. Jean-Paul Coussan, R-Lafayette, would allow industries to conduct self-audits for environmental accidents and would make those self-audit records secret for two […]

Centralized sales tax commission approved by lawmakers

Bill to change public records law would ‘absolutely destroy’ public access, critic says

BY: - May 5, 2021

A House committee approved a bill Wednesday that an attorney for news organizations  said would block the public’s access to government records as it would no longer require courts to award legal fees when government officials withhold records from a person who rightfully should have access to them.  Under Louisiana’s current public records law, officials […]

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Former LSU football star Derrius Guice’s name is redacted from a police report. Should it be?

BY: - November 23, 2020

At a state court hearing in Baton Rouge Monday, LSU attorneys repeatedly objected to former college football standout Derrius Guice being brought up by name. They insisted on referring to Guice as “the accused”. But that didn’t stop Samantha Brennan from using Guice’s full name when she was asked who she reported to campus police […]