BREAKING NEWS: GOVERNOR HOLCOMB VETOS PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTS

first_imgApril 24, 2017The Honorable Brian C. Bosma SpeakerIndiana House of Representatives StatehouseIndianapolis, IN 46204MESSAGE FROM GOVERNOR ERIC J. HOLCOMBDear Mr. Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives: FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare By the authority vested in me as Governor of Indiana, under the provisions of Article 5, Section 14, of the Constitution of the State of Indiana, I do hereby veto House Enrolled Act. No. 1523, enacted during the regular session of the 120th General Assembly and related to search fees for public records requests.center_img While I understand the intent behind the bill to offset the considerable time and expense often devoted to fulfilling public records requests, I view this proposed legislation as contrary to my commitment to providing great government service at a great value for Hoosier taxpayers.Providing access to public records is a key part of the work public servants perform and is important from a government transparency standpoint. I do not support policies that create burdensome obstacles to the public gaining access to public documents.I vetoed HEA 1523 for these reasons; however, I support the provision requiring public agencies to provide electronic copies of public records in electronic format (such as emails) if requested.Finally, I believe there are steps that can be taken administratively to streamline and improve the process for fulfilling public records requests, and I have charged my office to examine the best ways to provide public transparency and access to public records at the highest possible value to taxpayers.Sincerely,Eric J. Holcomb Indiana Governorlast_img read more