INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Supporters say Indiana’s government access laws would
gain some teeth by allowing fines against government officials who blatantly
violate the open records and open meetings laws.
A bill approved by lawmakers allows judges to order civil fines of up to
$500 against violators. Current law permits judges to award legal costs only
to someone who wins a court case over a public records dispute.
Hoosier State Press Association director Steve Key says he expects fines
will rarely be issued, but the provision lets officials know there is a
personal consequence for breaking the law.
State Sen. Travis Holdman of Markle says an officeholder must commit an
intentional violation to face a fine.
Gov. Mitch Daniels has until Tuesday to decide whether to sign the bill into