ICOG News

ICOG joins death certificate lawsuit; Supreme Court hears arguments in May

The state Supreme Court will hear arguments in Evansville Courier & Press vs. Vanderburgh County Health Department, a lawsuit over public access to death certificates in Indiana. ICOG joined the effort to bring the case to the Supreme Court last year after a trial court and and Indiana appellate court panel ruled that death certificates […]

Bright, bright sunshiny week

Apologies to Johnny Nash, but it’s Sunshine Week, and the song lyrics seem so apropos (and there are links to more sunshine-themed songs below). You can see clearly when the sun in shining, and that applies to the weather as well as to open government. Each year ICOG and other access advocacy organizations around the […]

ICOG signs on to Indiana free speech case

Can you strongly disparage a judge without fear of being arrested for your words? The answer is yes under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. But that didn’t stop a Cincinnati blogger from being convicted of intimidation two years ago after strenuously criticizing the judge in his Indiana divorce case. The blogger is Daniel […]

How to be a patriot on the Fourth

This Fourth of July, we at ICOG urge you to celebrate with all-American traditions such as charring meat over the grill, raining fireworks on your neighbor’s roof, joining in protests and filing FOIA requests. We’re serious about those last two items, and we have some specific ideas to get you started. First, remember the Fourth […]

INDOT tells employees to keep their opinions to themselves

Should public employees be allowed to speak their minds in public documents? We think so, but a recent directive by the Indiana Department of Transportation suggests otherwise. INDOT’s policy change drew criticism from ICOG President Gerry Lanosga, quoted in a piece by Associated Press reporter Tom LoBianco: Gerry Lanosga, president of the Indiana Coalition for […]

Welcome to our website!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit to ICOG’s online home. The website gives you access to information specific to Indiana’s public records and meetings laws. But it also connects you to a national network of open government coalitions under the umbrella of the National Freedom of Information Coalition. You’ll find ICOG news highlighted in […]

Dispatch from New Orleans: A report from the annual FOI Summit

New ICOG board member Kimberly Brown-Harden attended the recent FOI Summit in New Orleans. The annual gathering, hosted by the National Freedom of Information Coalition, brings together advocates from around the country to discuss the latest developments in open government. A key discussion at the summit, according to Brown-Harden, revolved around the challenges that local […]

Online access to data growing in Indiana

Have you been keeping up with the various online projects designed to provide more robust public access to state and local public records? From court cases to government spending, there’s a lot of new information available at your fingertips. Two sites in particular allow the public to get a detailed look at government spending. The […]

A busy year for access bills at the Indiana General Assembly

The 2013 legislative session included a host of measures related to public access, including the controversial “ag-gag” legislation that ultimately failed to pass. Steve Key, executive director and general counsel for ICOG affiliate Hoosier State Press Association, provided a round-up of some of the bills, both successful and not: S.B. 373, authored by Sen. Travis […]

ICOG, SPJ host Sunshine Week Program

The Indiana Coalition for Open Government and the Indiana Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional journalists hosted a public program to discuss the problems and possibilities of freedom of information laws. The discussion, held March 16 at the Nora branch library in Indianapolis, marked the annual national observance of Sunshine Week. Panelists included Indianapolis […]