5 things amiss in body cam bill

The original language of the “body cam bill” – now up for amendment in the Senate – gives law enforcement all the incentives to keep video secret and disincentives for the public to pursue access to videos. Discretionary provision As written, House Bill 1019 would...

Bill would put public notices in free papers

Legislation giving certain free publications the authority to publish public notice advertising has resurfaced. HSPA opposes language in H.B. 1017, filed by Rep. Jerry Torr, R-Carmel. The bill matches his effort in the Indiana House last year. HSPA objected to...

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...

Transparency should rule body cams

By Steve Key Hoosier State Press Association A legislative interim committee will tackle whether the footage from police body cameras should be available to the public. More and more law enforcement agencies are purchasing the devices, which have been touted as a...

Law changes newspapers need to know

Hoosiers’ official causes of death are now available in records collected by the state Department of Health. It’s one of the legislative changes now part of Indiana law. Certificates of death have been available for inspection and copying at the county level for...

Move increases House secrecy

By Steve Key Hoosier State Press Association The leadership of the Indiana House of Rep­resentatives took an unfortunate step shortly after the end of the 2015 legislative session. They expanded the definition of “work product” in their employee handbook to basically...