The Access to Public Records Act of Indiana states that “…it is the public policy of the state that all persons are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those who represent them as public officials and employees. Providing persons with the information is an essential function of a representative government and an integral part of the routine duties of public officials and employees, whose duty it is to provide the information.
- Handbook on Indiana’s Public Access Laws OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC ACCESS COUNSELOR
- Guidance –City of Indianapolis
- Lawsuit to compel disclosure. A person denied access to a public record may file a lawsuit in the circuit or superior court of the county in which the denial occurred to compel disclosure. In certain cases, attorneys’ fees may be awarded, provided the State Public Access Counselor is contacted first at (317) 233-9435 or 1-800-228-6013.
- New Penalties for Violations of the Indiana Access to Public Records Act (“APRA”)
- Sample Request – National Freedom of Information Coalition Protecting Your Right to Open Government
Greg Bowes Ind. Code 5-14-3-8(c): ” The Indiana department of administration shall establish a uniform copying fee for the copying of one (1) page of a standard-sized document by state agencies. The fee may not exceed the average cost of copying records by state agencies or ten cents ($0.10) per page, whichever is greater. A state agency may not collect more than the uniform copying fee for providing a copy of a public record. However, a state agency shall establish and collect a reasonable fee for copying nonstandard-sized documents.” Statute is available at: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/laws/2018/ic/titles/005/….