Keeping close eye on transparency

By Steve Key Hoosier State Press Association I’ve never had a state legislator, state agency head, or local government official say they were against government transparency or that the public did not have a right to know what its government was doing. But the Hoosier...

HSPA at the Statehouse

Highlights of HSPA’s efforts with the General Assembly this week: • So far in the 2015 session, HSPA has identified more than 60 potential bills that it either supports, opposes or might want to see amended to protect a free press, public access and public notice...

Public notice remains key legislative issue

The 2015 Indiana General Assembly will gavel into session Jan. 6, with passage of a two-year budget as its priority. The preservation of the requirement that local government units publish a notice of budget hearing – including their proposed budgets and tax rates –...

Readers see value in community news

By Steve Key Hoosier State Press Association The results of a July survey show the majority of adult Hoosiers reads newspapers. Three in four adults read a daily or Sunday printed newspaper in an average week. That’s according to an American Opinion Research study...

Records exception worth investigating

By Steve Key Hoosier State Press Association What a difference a word can make. In this case the word is “compiled.” In two recent situations, “compiled” has allowed government officials to keep records secret that otherwise would be available to the public for...