Q&A: Access to police complaint

From the Tribune-Star (Terre Haute): Q: I received a response to our Access to Public Records Act request made to West Terre Haute officials regarding the termination of a police officer. The response seems to be an attempt to suppress the original complaint against...

Q&A: Executive session for strategic planning

From the Corydon Democrat: Q: Does the following qualify for an executive session? “There will be a Special Executive Session meeting of the Harrison County Hospital Board of Trustees, Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 2 p.m., in the Harrison Room at Harrison County Hospital....

Q&A: Federal public notice rate

From The Indianapolis Star: Q: When the federal government needs to place public notice advertising in our newspaper, what rate do we charge them? Do we charge the open rate or the state-mandated, capped rate? A: The open rate applies here. The state law mandating a...

Q&A: Defamatory letters to the editor

From The La Porte Herald-Argus: Q: I received two letters to the editor this week that make defamatory statements about public officials. Are we opening ourselves up to legal issues if they are published? A: In both cases, the newspaper has a certain level of...

Q&A: Follow-up records requests

From The Banner: Q: We’ve asked our local department of health for a record request that includes specific dates and any applicable records created while they are compiling our records. The department said they would only honor the request as of the date the...

Q&A: Charges for public records

From The News and Tribune (Jeffersonville): Q: I have a question related to a Department of Child Services case we’ve asked you about before. We requested hundreds of pages of documents from DCS regarding Alexis Arensman, a 3-year-old who was killed in Clarksville. We...