Q&A: School surveillance video

From The Herald (Jasper): Q: We filed a request to view video from the school gym, which may show a coach acting inappropriately, and obtain a copy of it. We received a letter from the school corporation denying us access. The superintendent cited the following as the...

Q&A: Committee appointed by mayor

From a Portage citizen: Q: Mayor James Snyder of Portage is starting a Veterans Committee to serve the military veterans in the city. Where to I find the rules that govern such committees? A: A committee appointed by a mayor doesn’t automatically fall under the scope...

Q&A: Daily log requirements

From the Daily Reporter (Greenfield): Q: For several years now, public safety agencies in Hancock County have not been compiling daily logs. Their response to our citations of the statute has been to include slightly more information in computer-aided dispatch...

Q&A: Purchasing statutes

Submitted by the Carroll County Comet (Delphi): Q: Have you heard about a purchasing statute that allows government entities to get quotes for high-dollar purchases rather than advertise for bids? The Carroll County Commissioners are soliciting quotes (not bids) for a...

Q&A: Comments at public meetings

Submitted by the Francesville Tribune: Q: Is there a law or ordinance at the state or local level that forbids a reporter from asking questions about an item on the agenda during open meetings of county commissioners, drainage board, zoning board, city/town council,...

Q&A: Detention center names

Submitted by the Hendricks County Flyer (Avon): Q: The Plainfield Police Department held a press conference yesterday to announce they had made arrests in a series of bank robberies. They announced that an 18-year-old was being held in the Hendricks County Jail and...