Q&A: Poor relief records

Q: What information should be a public record regarding poor relief applications and determinations? A: The application and investigatory records are confidential. The Notice of Determination is a public record, as are the records showing…

Q&A: Fire department medics and HIPPA

From the South Bend Tribune: Q: I'm trying to get some very basic information on a fire department medic call regarding a guy who fell off his roof and was critically injured. The captain of the medic unit said HIPAA prohibited him from…

Q&A: Report about school hazing

From the Greensburg Daily News: Q: We have an incident involving hazing at one of our public middle schools. The investigation is complete, and there are no criminal charges being sought, but administrative action was taken. After…

Q&A: Coroner report deadline

From the Daily Reporter: Q: Is there any particular timeline regarding how long a coroner has to generate a report after autopsy/toxicology screen results come back on a death investigation? We're running into a  problem with a coroner…

Q&A: Promotional advertisement

From the Ferdinand News and Spencer County Leader: Q: We received inserts from a company that are a postcard-sized scratch off game (three hands of Blackjack) claiming over $100,000 in prizes. The fine print says, “You may be asked to view…