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Louisiana transparency legislation

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Here you will find a collection of transparency legislation in Louisiana.


View from elsewhere: On governor's records
April 25, 2009: "State Rep. Wayne Waddell is again trying to pass legislation to get a look at Gov. Bobby Jindal's records.

Similar legislation by Waddell failed to gain enough support for passage. The Republican from Shreveport pre-filed House Bill 169 that he describes as allowing the public to 'peek behind the curtain' and 'see what the governor is hiding.'" Read the full column here.


Transparency in Louisiana is expanding given the work of the Governor, Bobby Jindal, who pushed 3 bills through the state legislature in February of 2008. These bills included:

  • Louisiana House Bill 1 (2008) which requires the disclosure of personal finances by most state and local elected government officials and many appointees.
  • Louisiana Senate Bill 1 (2008) which bans lawmakers, their spouses and many state department heads from doing business with the state.
  • Louisiana Senate Bill 8 (2008) which placed a $50 cap on the amount of free food and drinks that elected officials can accept from lobbyists per occasion.
  • Louisiana House Bill 1100 (2008)

Other transparency and accountability acts passed in 2008 include:

  • Louisiana Act 735 (2008)
  • Louisiana Act 774 (2008)
  • Louisiana Senate Bill 37 (2008)


In 2007, Louisiana House Bill 266 (2007) would have mandated the disclosure of detailed information on spending earmarks, and requiring the online posting of this information. HB 266 would have provided for the procedure for submission and review of the information related to proposed amendments to the General Appropriation Bill. The bill passed in the House but later failed in the Senate.

The Louisiana Project on Sunshine Review