Q&A: Records request response time


From The Indianapolis Star:

Q: What is the code citation that says a state agency has a certain about of time to respond to a records request?

A: The state Access to Public Records Act, IC 5-14-3-9, sets the time frame for a response to a records request.

The law allows 24 hours if the request is made in person and seven days if it’s made by mail or fax.

Remember that the “response” isn’t a deadline for production of the documents for the requester.

It is merely an acknowledgement of receipt of the request and a reply that the records will be made available, that the request will be denied, or that it has been handed over to an attorney for review.

Contact Steve Key, HSPA executive director and general counsel, with media law questions at skey@hspa.com or (317) 624-4427.