Indiana is among 38 states judged in a new report to be failing in responsiveness to requests for access to public records.
Thirty-eight states, including Indiana, get failing grades in responding to requests for access to public information, according to a report by the Better Government Association (BGA) and the National Freedom of Information Coalition.
Among the key findings: citizens often have their requests denied and the only way they can gain access to records is by appealing the agency’s denial (and then, often the only recourse is a lawsuit).
The two organizations conclude that state FOI laws are in desperate need of reform.
The overview, along with criteria and state-by-state results, are online at NFOIC’s Web site.