Indiana Tries To Put Teeth in The Sunshine Laws

Public employees who intentionally circumvented public meeting and disclosure laws could be subject to fines under legislation reintroduced in the Generally Assembly.

The bills would let a judge fine a person $100 for first offense and $500 for subsequent violations of the Open Door Law or Access to Public Records Act.

The act requires meetings of public agencies to be open and public documents to be made available for copying or inspection except for specific exemptions spelled out in the law.

The bills are receiving support from bipartisan lawmakers and the Hoosier State Press Association. Versions of both bills have been introduced during the past several years but have not made it out of either chamber for reasons unrelated to the bill.

 
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