Reform for Indiana FOIA?

The Indiana Sunshine Law might get a badly-needed upgrade courtesy of a proposed legislative reform.

A proposal making its way through the Indiana Senate could impose fines of up to $1,000 on government agencies that violate Indiana’s public access laws. The fine can also be extended to individual government employees involved in fact blocking.

But it wouldn’t be America if someone wasn’t opposed. Who would that be? For one, the Association of Indiana Counties.

Whose money is the Indiana Association of Counties using to lobby against a tougher Freedom of Information law in Indiana? The organization is funded through dues paid to it by Indiana counties who, in turn, get their money from Indiana taxpayers. So it is Indiana taxpayers who are footing the bill for the Indiana Association of Counties to lobby on this bill.

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