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Annual report publication schedule for 2016

The schedule for publication of local government units’ annual reports is as follows:


Following the second regular meeting of the county commissioners, the report should be posted and published (IC 36-2-2-19). According to the state Board of Accounts, newspapers should expect those reports in February.
The annual financial report output that will meet the requirement of IC 36-2-2-19 is called Cash & Investments Combined, according to the state Board of Accounts.
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Free Bicentennial series available to newspapers

To mark the state’s 200th birthday, newspapers can run a free 15-part series – So you think you know Indiana: Celebrating 200 years of the Hoosier State.

The series is available in half- and quarter-page layouts ready to place on the page, but text and photos are included if papers want to design locally.

Click here to electronically sign the publication agreement and download the series.

The Indiana Publisher – January 2016

Click the image above for the e-edition.

Click the image above for the e-edition.

The January edition of The Publisher includes:

Click here for the full e-edition. Watch for print copies in your mailbox next week.

Who’s policing body cameras?

HSPA made no headway in initial efforts to change a bill giving police departments total discretion on the release of police car and body camera video.

The House Govern­ment and Regulatory Reform Committee voted unanimously (13-0) to pass H.B. 1019 Jan. 12 without any amendments.

A day later, Indiana House Demo­crats discussed potential amendments to the bill that HSPA favored.

The bill’s original language came from the Interim Committee on Govern­ment, which met last summer. Rep. Kevin Mahan, R-Hartford City, authored the bill.

The bill establishes law enforcement video as subject matter that police have the discretion to keep confidential.

Steve Key, executive director and general counsel for HSPA, said that under existing law, police have to at least claim videos are “investigatory records.” Read more »