Get your updated public access handbook

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Publishers and editors can request the updated Handbook on Indiana’s Public Access Laws free from HSPA.

The 64-page booklet lists the Open Door Law and Access to Public Records Act.

It also includes explana­tions of the two public access statutes, information on the Indiana Public Access Counselor and a sample letter for making records requests.

The new booklet includes changes made this year by the state legislature, including the provision for civil fines that can be levied by a judge who finds that violations of public access laws were deliberate.

The fine for a first offense is up to $100, and a repeat offender can be fined up to $500.

The HSPA Foundation, Public Access Counselor’s office, Attorney General’s office and Indiana Coalition for Open Government will have hundreds of copies available for distribution.

To request copies of the updated handbook, contact Shawn Goldsby at or (317) 803-4772.

Click the image at right to download a PDF version of the handbook.