Indiana transparency headlines
This article is a list of transparency related news from Indiana.
Noblesville School Board agrees to keep $83M budget details secret 2010-11-24 09:11:04
"At least four of the five Noblesville School Board members agree with Superintendent Lynn Lehman's decision to keep the district's budget under wraps until a Tuesday night public hearing.
Noblesville Schools will hold that public hearing for its $83.8 million budget at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the central office annex, 1775 Field Drive, but has released little information about how the money would be spent. This year's budget initially called for spending an estimated $81.7 million, but officials declined to provide updated information until Tuesday."
Huntington Indiana passes Transparency Resolution 2009-09-14 11:24:12
ICOG (Indiana Coaltion For Open Government) likes to highlight examples of government officials acting to improve access. Last month in Huntington, a split decision by the Common Council are granting access to local government information, including financial transactions, on that city's new Web site.
Council member Steve McIntyre led the effort. The council in May had passed McIntyre's resolution requiring the city to post much more information on the Web site than it previously had made available online. Because the vote was so close – 4-3 – McIntyre felt the need for more public discussion of the issue.
The resolution requires posting a record of every payment by the city, including the amount and, except where prohibited by law, the identity of the recipient. It also mandates posting of a roster of all “government personnel” – city employees, officers, elected officials and members of boards and commissions. McIntyre said the identities of employees requiring confidentiality, such as undercover police officers, would not be made public.
Ind. public access penalty bill likely dead 2009-05-31 20:44:13
The state Senate unanimously approved the bill, which supporters say would put teeth into Indiana's open door and public records laws. But the bill didn't advance in the House."
Official: East Chicago violated records law 2009-05-31 20:42:34
Public Access Counselor Heather Willis Neal said in a two-page opinion that the city's "pattern of unresponsiveness and nondisclosure" violated the spirit and letter of the state law designed to require public officials to disclose how public money is spent."
Indiana bill to impose access penalties in jeopardy 2009-05-31 20:40:32
The state Senate unanimously approved the bill, which supporters say would put much-needed teeth into Indiana's open door and public records laws. But a House committee chairman said Tuesday that he doesn't plan to give the bill a hearing before a key deadline this week."
Open records law needs changes 2009-05-31 20:38:48
"Indiana citizens have no legal right to know with whom state employees meet.
The state public access counselor issued an informal opinion to the Post-Tribune last week, reaffirming that state law.
The newspaper had sought the meeting schedules of employees of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management."
Indiana must play catch-up in online records action 2009-05-31 20:36:44
"Two bills before the 2009 legislature would make it a little easier for Hoosiers to fulfill their roles as watchdogs of state government. The measures are welcome in light of the embarrassing Sunshine Week report that ranked Indiana next to last in availability of government records online.
The report found that many important public documents -- political campaign contributions, disciplinary actions against doctors and lawyers and environmental citations, for example -- are posted on government Web sites in most states but not here."
Sunshine Week: Muncie Police Department lowers fee for copies 2009-05-31 20:34:55
"After being found in violation of the Access to Public Records Act (APRA), the Muncie Police Department has lowered the copying fee charged to the public for case reports like burglaries, thefts and vandalism.
More than a year ago, Franklin attorney John Emry, whose practice includes civil rights, filed a complaint with the police and with the Indiana Public Access Counselor after being charged $5 for case reports, each of which contained only a couple of pages."
A little push to open door to public 2009-05-31 20:32:13
As expected, the measure to put teeth into enforcement of open-records and open-meetings laws had its fangs filed down considerably in committee. Yet it still meets its essential purpose of imposing consequences on public servants who refuse to carry out their legal duty to let citizens know what their government is up to."
Senate passes public records, animal-cruelty bills 2009-05-31 20:29:59
"The state Legislature today is voting on dozens of bills, struggling to meet tonight's midnight deadline to amend bills and Wednesday night's deadline to pass bills out of the House and Senate and send them on to the other chamber."
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