Karen Carter

Analysis: Louisiana lawmakers seek to keep records hidden

Louisiana's lawmakers are considering ways to lock away more information from public view this session, proposing a list of public records exemptions that would chip away at people's rights to see information from government agencies.

The number and breadth of exemptions filed for consideration represent an uptick, raising concerns that public officials are working to shield too many documents that tell citizens about the inner workings of their taxpayer-financed government agencies.

"People need to know that closing records makes government less transparent and that makes government inherently worse," said Scott Sternberg, a lawyer who represents the Louisiana...