Louisiana’s next governor will have to open more records to the public.
On Friday, Gov. Bobby Jindal signed a bill that will place new limits on public records exemptions allowed future governors.
The changes don’t impact Jindal. They take effect when a new governor enters office in January.
The measure by Sen. Dan Claitor, a Baton Rouge Republican, will keep the governor’s communications with internal staff exempt from disclosure. But it will get rid of several exemptions placed in public records law in a 2009 bill backed by Jindal.
Claitor’s bill will remove an exemption that gives executive branch departments a six-month blackout period on budget documents. It also will do away with language that hides records considered part of a governor’s “deliberative process.”