How to Request a Public Record from the Louisiana House of Representatives
The Louisiana Public Records Law, La. Const.
Art. XII, Sec. 3 and
R.S. 44:1 et seq,
grants any person a right to examine and copy public documents in the
possession of the state and its political subdivisions, including the
The Clerk of the House of Representatives,
Michelle Fontenot, is the custodian of the records of the House of
All public records requests:
Must be in writing either through USPS or by e-mail to the Clerk
Must specify, to extent possible, the exact record(s) requested.
Must contain the name of the requestor and a return address, phone number, or e-mail contact.
After the Clerk receives the request, the records will be compiled and the
charges calculated and the requestor will be notified of the charges pending.
Copies of records cost $0.25 per page.
In addition, if the records are to be mailed to the
requestor, there will be a charge for the actual cost of mailing the
records. All charges must be paid in advance
of the records being supplied, and payment should be made payable to Louisiana
House of Representatives, and mailed to P. O. Box 44281, Baton Rouge, LA
70804-4281 or hand-delivered to Room G-106, State Capitol, Baton Rouge, LA.
Upon receipt of the payment due, the records will be supplied.
- No duty exist under law to create a record which is not otherwise created or
maintained in the normal course of business of the House of Representatives.
- Neither the House of Representatives nor the Louisiana Legislature are
custodians of the following records:
* Acts of the Legislature (Secretary of State);
* Statutes and codes of law (public domain through your parish
* Governor's Executive Orders (Governor's Office);
* Governor's Proclamations (Governor's Office).
- Some legislative records are privileged pursuant to
La. Const. Art. III,
Sec 8 and the Clerk is required to review all requested documents to
ensure compliance with this Constitutional gurantee afforded to legislators.
The Clerk reserves the right to determine the method of record delivery as
dictated by the volume of records requested and the form in which the
original records exist.