House lawmakers move to shield communications from public
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana House lawmakers have taken steps to shield nearly every communication from public view by quietly changing the definition of a “work product” under the state’s public records law.
The move would exempt documents, notes and other writing or records in any form if they are created, edited or modified by House members or their staff. It includes email, voice mail, text messaging and audio recordings.
The Indianapolis Star reports (http://bit.ly/1HIAEJL ) the Indiana General Assembly has no policy outlining what records are accessible to the public. Indiana public records law offers one exemption for “the work product of individual members and the partisan staffs” of the Legislature.
House Minority Leader Scott Pelath says lawmakers need to make it clear what is accessible and what isn’t.
Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com