Is there information of public bodies that cannot be accessed by the public?
Yes. Title 44 of the Louisiana State Revised Statutes provides multiple exemptions due to confidentiality requirements and legislative exemptions. They include, but are not limited to:
- Records involved in a legislative investigation.
- Most records of law enforcement agencies pertaining to pending criminal litigation that exists or is anticipated to exist (except initial arrest/booking report).
- Certain tax records, welfare applications, and applications and disciplinary activities of many professional licensing boards.
- Minutes of executive sessions held pursuant to the Open Meetings Law (LA RS 42:17)

Section 4.1 of Title 44 was added by Act 882 of 2001, consolidating all exceptions not already included in the Title, referencing appropriate sections from the entire RS.

Finally, Section 13 of Title 44 specifically exempts records of library use and registration and these records are never disclosed by Shreve Memorial Library except when required by subpoena, search warrant, court order, or other legal action.

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1. What are public records?
2. Is there a constitutional right to view public records?
3. Who is responsible for making public records available to the public?
4. How long must records be kept?
5. Is there information of public bodies that cannot be accessed by the public?
6. What about privacy concerns?
7. Are there limitations on who may examine the records?
8. What information will I be required to give in order to gain access to the public records?
9. Why must I include contact information when submitting a Public Records Request?
10. What information should I include in the description of requested records?
11. When can I inspect the documents?
12. How much does it cost?
13. What if the record contains both public and private information?
14. What can I do if there is a violation?
15. What are my rights?