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The finances of restricting access to police video

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­ — A bill restricting public access to police video is causing concerns about putting a financial burden on police agencies and the people requesting to see the video. On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee discussed possible amendments to House Bill 1019. The bill, if passed as is, would allow law […]

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Governor’s veto means less local government transparency but no big fees for records

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would have allowed government agencies to charge private citizens for public research requests will not go into effect this year. Senate Enrolled Act 369 was aimed at “increasing transparency,” said Sen. Pete Miller, R-Avon, who authored the bill. It would have required local governments and school […]

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Pence administration defends, explains efforts to create ‘news service’

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Just two days after Gov. Mike Pence found himself in hot water for authorizing the creation of a state-run news service, his administration sat down with media members Wednesday to clarify its intended purpose. According to documents given to employees of state agencies and leaked to The Indianapolis Star, […]

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New fines for denying public access

By Monica Harvey The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Government officials who intentionally violate public access laws now face fines of $100 for the first offense and $500 after that under a new Indiana law that took effect July 1. The law, approved by state lawmakers during their 2012 legislative session, was an effort to create […]