BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera said Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has refused to hand over some information about a proposal to hire a private company to run a state worker health insurance program.

The administration says the records sought by the auditor are exempt from review under state public records laws. Purpera said Monday that without the information, his auditors can't determine whether the privatization would be beneficial for the state.

"We want to be protective that we don't give away state assets," Purpera told the Senate Retirement Committee in a discussion about proposed privatization efforts.

Jindal said Louisiana shouldn't be in the business of operating a health insurance program, and that the program for state workers, retirees and the dependents currently run by the Office of Group Benefits could be managed more effectively by a private company.

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