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
Indiana House of Representatives
Indianapolis, IN 46204


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.


Eric J. Holcomb

Indiana Governor