After running on a platform of increased transparency, the Gov. Bobby Jindal has relied on a law that shields gubernatorial documents from public view to dodge open records requests from the press.
Top Jindal administration officers used personal email accounts to come up with a media strategy around cuts to Medicaid.
LSU Mass Communications Professor Craig Freeman says the new revelations point to a need for Louisiana to update its public records laws.
"We haven’t really, effectively updated public records laws in probably 30 years. But we’re essentially using a 1960’s remedy for a new millennium problem," Freeman said.
The state Department of Education is again denying a request from the Associated Press for information on how schools were chosen to participate in Governor Jindal's voucher program.