ICOG is keeping an eye on SB 232, a bill that would make some significant changes to the state’s laws governing access to records and meetings.

  • Giving judges the option to levy up to a $1,000 fine for deliberate violations of the Open Door Law and Access to Public Records Act.
  • Allowing citizens to request the same advance notice of government meetings that the media now get.
  • Requiring the Public Access Counselor and/or a judge to review records when a question arises as to whether they were properly redacted.

The bill is in committee in the Senate. You can read all about it by clicking here.

You can also read an update at a handy site called Sunshine Review, which is tracking – among other things – efforts to reform access laws in all 50 states. Click here to read the organization’s account from Indiana’s legislature.