State Public Records Law

Louisiana State law

Title 44, Chapter 1, Part 4

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Exemptions to Disclosure

  • The disclosure of proprietary and trade secret information is not required

Access Rights

  • Any person of age of majority may inspect, copy, or reproduce; any person may obtain copy or reproduction
  • Burden of proof that not subject to inspection, copying, or reproduction is on the custodian
  • Cannot get access if you are a felony convict in custody whose request isn’t limited to grounds upon which you can get post-conviction relief; custodian can make any inquiry necessary to determine if this is the case.
  • Uniform fee schedule
  • Can be inquired re: age/identification
  • Regular office hours unless custodian agrees otherwise
  • May not have to pay or may pay less if indigent and request is for a public purpose
  • Notification of reasons for denial w/in 3 business days

Destruction of Public Records

  • All persons and public bodies having custody or control of any public record, other than conveyance, probate, mortgage, or other permanent records required by existing law to be kept for all time, shall exercise diligence and care in preserving the public record for the period or periods of time specified for such public records in formal records retention schedules developed and approved by the state archivist and director of the division of archives, records management, and history of the Department of State. However, in all instances in which a formal retention schedule has not been executed, such public records shall be preserved and maintained for a period of at least three years from the date on which the public record was made. La. R.S. 44:36

Whistleblower Score

Rank: 45/51

Louisiana has a below average state whistleblower law with restricted coverage (10 out of 33 possible points) and a limited degree of usability (14 out of 33) and useful remedies (20 out of 33), with one bonus point for employee notice of whistleblower rights.

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Black Bears on the Brink

Louisiana Black Bears
Survival of the Louisiana black bear requires that it regain protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. The lawsuit cites mounting threats to the remaining small populations for which existing safeguards are inadequate.

The Louisiana black bear is one of 16 subspecies of the American black bear. It is often referred to as “Teddy’s Bear,” because President Theodore Roosevelt once famously refused to shoot one that had been tied to a tree, saying it would not be sporting. Today, the Louisiana black bear has lost 99% of its historic population and more than 97% of its historic range.

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Louisiana Activity

Chemical Safety Board Goes on Crony Binge

Disgraced Ex-Louisiana Official Given Top Job by Trump Holdover 

Lawsuit Challenges Trump EPA’s Approval of Radioactive Roads 

Phosphogypsum Use in Roadbuilding Previously Prohibited Due to Risks of Cancer, Genetic Damage 

Lawsuit Seeks Protections for Louisiana Black Bears  

Fewer than 500 “Teddy Bears” May Exist as Recovery Efforts Falter

Court Orders Disclosure of Chemical Accident Emissions

Chemical Safety Board Shirked Its Clean Air Act Mandate to Protect Communities

Suit to Restore Louisiana Black Bear Federal Protections

Iconic “Teddy’s Bear” in Continued Jeopardy; Small Remnants Far from Recovery

Lawsuit to Require Chemical Accident Emission Reports

Hurricane Harvey Chemical Explosions Spotlight Neglected Clean Air Act Mandate

Legal Move to Save the Louisiana Black Bear

Notice of Impending Suit to Restore Federal Endangered Species Act Protection

No New Chemical Safety Investigations Opened in Seven Months

19 Major Accidents Ignored as Chemical Safety Board Prolongs Internal Probes

Koch Paper Mill Profits From Weak Pollution Regulation

Demand for EPA Intervention to Stem Enormous Effluent Flow from Arkansas Plant

FDA Should Test Gulf Seafood for Dispersant Contamination

Legal Petition Demands FDA Move Beyond Sensory Test to Look at Chemicals

Katrina Clean-Up Rife With Fraud and Mayhem

Documents Prompt Call for Review of Army Corps Contractor Supervision


U.S. Special Counsel Orders Investigation of Whistleblower Disclosure


Substantial Relaxation of Wetland Protections for Gulf Endangers Coastal Communities

Fix for New Orleans Means Big Payday for Corps Insider CORPS INSIDER

Three-Year Corps Contract Will Pour Money into Former Chief’s Firm

Chemical Weapons Monitor Files Retaliation Complaint

Emergency Response Capability at Chemical Weapons Depot in Doubt


Need for New Locks Fading


EPA Staff Protests Ignored
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