HSPA hires Corydon Group to assist with 2020 legislative session


The Hoosier State Press Association hired The Corydon Group to provide government affairs support in 2020.

Executive Director and General Counsel Steve Key will continue to lead HSPA’s efforts before Indiana’s three branches of government, but can now draw upon the resources of The Corydon Group to help in the efforts to protect the public’s right to know and the viability of Indiana’s newspapers.

The Corydon Group or TCG is one of the state’s most well-known and successful public-affairs firms. Over the past 19 years, TCG has strategically grown to become the largest independent public-affairs firm in Indianapolis, according to Chris Gibson, managing principal with TCG.

“The Corydon Group is excited to work alongside Steve Key and the Hoosier State Press Association,” Gibson said. “As a free and independent press is a cornerstone of our democracy, we are honored to help continue the legacy of a strong and independent free press in Indiana.”

“In the last 20 years, HSPA has dealt with 84 bills just pertaining to public notices to give you an example of the work before us.”

Steve Key,
HSPA executive director, legal counsel

Key said the integrity and respect that state legislators have for The Corydon Group will only strengthen HSPA’s position with the General Assembly, which will convene on Jan. 6 in a short session.

Because government transparency issues can pop in multiple ways, HSPA must stay on top of all of the hundreds of bills filed each session. The Corydon Group can help HSPA identify bills of interest quickly, which will be a key in a short session that plans to conclude its work by March 11.

“Just as credibility has been the keystone for successful journalism for our members, credibility is essential for HSPA as it deals with the legislative, judicial and executive branches of Indiana government. The Corydon Group brings a reputation that supports our credibility,” Key said.

The Hoosier State Press Association, founded in 1933, is a trade association representing 160 daily and weekly paid-circulation newspapers in Indiana. HSPA provides legal information, training, recognition and advertising services to its members.

The three key laws supporting government transparency are the Open Door Law, Access to Public Records Act and Public Notice Law. HSPA routinely flags 20 to 40 bills connected to those three concepts during every session – either to support, oppose or amend.

“In the last 20 years, HSPA has dealt with 84 bills just pertaining to public notices to give you an example of the work before us,” Key said.”

Depending upon the bill, Key will be able to draw upon the expertise of Chris Gibson, Steve Wolff, Carlin Yoder and Morgan Perrill of The Corydon Group’s legislative team.