Q&A: Council votes on action after the fact

From The Herald (Jasper): Q: The city of Jasper is working with a developer to rehab a couple of abandoned factory buildings and turn them into rental housing. The city is contributing $410,000 to the project in various incentives and fund appropriations. That amount...

Q&A: Inspecting redacted documents without paying

From the South Bend Tribune: Q: Am I right that when we are notified that the court has redacted requested documents and indicate they are available, we can inspect them at no charge? Then if we want copies we can decide which documents we want to be copied and thus...

Q&A: Meeting minutes and memoranda

From the Lebanon Reporter: Q: What is included in the state access law that stipulates what must be listed in meeting minutes? The closest thing I’m finding is that the memoranda must include the date and time, members attending, record of votes and general substance...

Q&A: Submitted photos

From the Hendricks County Flyer (Avon): Q: We had a high school coach submit a photo to run in the paper, which we did. Once the paper came out, the photographer called us threatening to sue and demanding payment. I thought that once they’ve sold their photo to a...

Q&A: Police report run-around

From Berne Tri-Weekly News: Q: Our local police department has contracted with BuyCrash.com and says that we have to go there to gain access to any accident reports. Is this in line with what the law allows? The county provides them to us without even asking, but the...