Governor Holcomb Vetoes HEA1523

We just called Governor Eric Holcomb’s office to urge him to #VetoHEA1523 and were told he already had!

Thank you for everyone’s support.

Congratulations to all Hoosiers!  More to come!

UPDATE 2017-04-24

Here is Governor Holcomb’s statement regarding his veto of HEA 1523:

April 24, 2017

The Honorable Brian C. Bosma
Speaker
Indiana House of Representatives
Statehouse
Indianapolis, IN 46204

MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNOR

Dear Mr. Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives:

By the authority vested in me as Governor of Indiana, under the provisions of Article 5, Section 14, of the Constitution of the State of Indiana, I do hereby veto House Enrolled Act. No. 1523, enacted during the regular session of the 120th General Assembly and related to search fees for public records requests.

While I understand the intent behind the bill to offset the considerable time and expense often devoted to fulfilling public records requests, I view this proposed legislation as contrary to my commitment to providing great government service at a great value for Hoosier taxpayers.

Providing access to public records is a key part of the work public servants perform and is important from a government transparency standpoint. I do not support policies that create burdensome obstacles to the public gaining access to public documents.

I vetoed HEA 1523 for these reasons; however, I support the provision requiring public agencies to provide electronic copies of public records in electronic format (such as emails) if requested.

Finally, I believe there are steps that can be taken administratively to streamline and improve the process for fulfilling public records requests, and I have charged my office to examine the best ways to provide public transparency and access to public records at the highest possible value to taxpayers.

Sincerely,

Eric J. Holcomb

Indiana Governor