Public officials’ emails should not be shielded

The following is a guest column by US Representative Jeff Landry, 3rd District, Louisiana:

Recently, Attorney General Buddy Caldwell issued an opinion stating government officials’ emails that are “of purely personal nature” should be protected from public disclosure even when sent and received on public resources.

The attorney general’s recent opinion is just another example of a politician ignoring the fact we are a government of the people, by the people, and for the people — not for politicians.

It is simple: If you are a government official on the taxpayers’ dime and you are using a public computer for emails, the public has a right to know what you are doing on their time and on their property.

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