Louisiana government is making itself off limits to the public

English: 2010 Great Seal of the State of Louis...

By Robert Mann

I tell my children we live in a democracy, but I’m deceiving them. Louisiana’s Constitution articulates a basic standard for democracy — and we aren’t meeting it.

Under the heading, “Right to Direct Participation,” the Constitution’s Article XII, Section 3 says, “No person shall be denied the right to observe the deliberations of public bodies and examine public documents, except in cases established by law.”

When they enacted the state’s Open Meetings Law lawmakers approved this preamble: “It is essential to the maintenance of a democratic society that public business be performed in an open and public manner . . . ”

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4 Responses to Louisiana government is making itself off limits to the public

  1. Fredster says:

    I saw that ole Jeff couldn’t wait to drop his two cents worth on you Bob, but he also got a couple of smackdowns from commenters at the same time.

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  2. tonyg2 says:

    I was a delegate to CC73- Bill of Rights Committee. In the 1970s, I was the lead author of the Open Meetings and Access to Public Records “Sunshine” legislation. Later lead successful repeal(1980)of punitive damages on press freedoms.

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  3. Don Moore says:

    Just joined your blog–keep up the good work. I finally retired; have to use a walker due to scatica. Has cut down my tap dancing career…..Remember when WRKF had music, Moore, and Mooberry? Best, Don Moore

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