Louisiana records law only for state citizens, AG Landry argues

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Attorney General Jeff Landry is arguing in an open records dispute that Louisiana's public records law doesn't apply to out-of-state residents.

The Republican attorney general says he can't be penalized for his slow response in releasing documents to an Indiana woman who has sued him. Landry is asking a state judge to dismiss the lawsuit.

In addition to records, Scarlett Martin of Indianapolis wants financial penalties against Landry for the lengthy time his office took to provide the documents. But Landry says Martin doesn't have the right to sue under Louisiana public records statutes.

Martin's lawyer disagrees with the attorney general's legal interpretation.

Martin sued Landry in March 2017, saying the attorney general's office hadn't provided a long list of records she sought. A trial is set for Jan. 10.

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