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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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?...