Louisiana Political News Wire
Public records measure rejected by senators as undue hindrance to governor
Gov. Bobby Jindal successfully beat back attempts Thursday to open more of his office's records to the public, effectively ending for the year what has become an annual debate at the Capitol. Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton, spent considerable time and energy lobbying his colleagues to withstand pressure from the administration, but the effort ended with a 14-24 rejection of Senate Bill 593, which Adley cast as a way to "give the public what is theirs, what they own." "Vote for the people of Louisiana," he said, "don't vote for what happens inside these marble walls." But Adley met resistance from senators who said the governor -- Jindal or any of his successors -- should be allowed to do his job without undue interference or scrutiny. "I don't know that we have a big enough problem to tear down the executive branch," Sen. John Alario, D-Westwego, said. Sen. Danny Martiny, R-Kenner, said, "I don't know that we're entitled to know everything that goes on in the governor's life." Martiny also explained his vote as message that Louisiana residents should not be so mistrustful of elected officials: "I refuse to continue to tell the people of this state that they're right, that we're people who have something to hide."
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