Sometimes sunshine comes at a cost. The Daily Advertiser was looking into the arrest of former Ice Gator and current nightclub owner Eric Cloutier for allegedly laundering about $1.4 million through his clubs, Karma and Marley’s. They filed a public records request with the Louisiana Department of Revenue, Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control for copies of Cloutier’s state alcohol permits and renewals. The state told the Daily Advertiser the cost for the records would be $466.50, $1.50 for each of 311 pages. Meanwhile Lafayette Consolidated Government, which has a policy of transparency in government, provided copies of alcohol permits and applications to the daily at no cost.
The public records law directs state agencies to charge 25 cents per page for standard size copies. Other public bodies may charge what they deem to be “reasonable,” but an attorney general’s opinion has recommended that custodians follow the state agency fee schedule.
March 15-21 is known as Sunshine Week, when news organizations stress the need for transparency in government, including access to public records, which help cast light, or "sunshine," on how government works and how it spends our tax dollars.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again, it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to go public this year.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.