A Good Primer On Recording Public Meetings: Yes, It’s Legal

The Lake Station Council up in Northwest Indiana wants to prohibit the public from recording its meetings. Councilman Todd Rogers asked for the ban, complaining about a person videotaping council meetings for two years who won’t say why. According to a draft of the proposd ban, “it is essential that council members and members of the public be able to speak freely and without the threat of being recorded and photographed.”

This resistance to the public recording public meetings is a continuing problem in Indiana, but citizens need to know that there have been a number of Public Access Counselor opinions advising that taping is legal at public meetings. Here’s a nice roundup of the state of the law for quick reference. And you can read more about the Lake Station effort here.