Q&A: Public access to committee meetings

From the South Bend Tribune: Q: Century Center in South Bend is a public facility with a board of directors that is a public agency. We go to their meetings, get notice for them, etc. They have a committee that they have appointed some of…

Q&A: Newspaper contest considered lottery

From The Tribune (New Albany): Q: In Indiana, when is a newspaper contest considered a lottery and against state statute? A: The Indiana Gaming Commission has taken the position that if you require a purchase to qualify for the prize,…

Q&A: Email and cookie records

From the New Albany Tribune: Q: A school superintendent is willing to meet with me to talk about why I think something should be public. He would like to see the Indiana Code proving my point. What codes would require these things to be…

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…