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 request...

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...

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...