The original instrument and the following digest, which constitutes no part of the
legislative instrument, were prepared by Matt Deville.
SB 482 Engrossed 2024 Regular Session Cloud
Proposed law provides that the public records law does not apply to records in the office of the
governor pertaining to the governor or that of the governor's wife or children which contains security
details that if made public may impair the safety of the governor, his spouse, or his child.
Proposed law provides that the legislature recognizes that protecting elements of the deliberative
process safeguards the process through which government decisions and policies are shaped and
formulated and that this privilege has been acknowledged by the United States Supreme Court and
various federal and state courts.
Proposed law further provides that deliberative process privilege fosters open communication by
allowing public servants to provide uninhibited opinions and recommendations without fear of
public ridicule or criticism and guards against public confusion.
Proposed law provides as an exception to the public records law for any records reflecting advisory
opinions, recommendations and deliberations comprising part of a process by which governmental
decisions and policies are formulated.
Proposed law provides that no provision of proposed law allows for the denial of the right of a
person to observe deliberations of public bodies or as a means to circumvent the Open Meetings
Effective August 1, 2024.
(Amends R.S. 44:44.1(A); adds R.S. 44:4(64) and 4.1(E); repeals R.S. 44:5(B)(4))
Summary of Amendments Adopted by Senate
Committee Amendments Proposed by Senate Committee on Senate and Governmental
Affairs to the original bill
1. Make technical changes.
2. Provide for legislative intent.

Statutes affected:
SB482 Original: 44:5(B)(4)
SB482 Engrossed: 44:1(A), 44:5(B)(4)