State Public Records Law

Indiana Code (2014)

Ind. Code §5-14-3


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Exemptions to Disclosure

  • Trade secrets
  • Confidential public records received from other public entities
  • “Information concerning research, including actual research documents, conducted under the auspices of a state educational institution, including information:(A) concerning any negotiations made with respect to the research; and (B) received from another party involved in the research.” Ind. Code §5-14-3-4(a)(6)
  • Diaries, journals, or other personal notes.

Access Rights

  • Any person
  • Can’t be denied for failing to state purpose of request, unless otherwise required by statute
  • Agency can require request to be written/through appropriate form
  • Regular business hours
  • Agency can have rule limiting allowed uses for the requested records
  • Uniform fees for copying and for maintaining electronic map – can be waived for public interest purpose of copying, etc.
  • No fee for inspection

Destruction of Public Records

  • Must have retention schedule approved by county commission, and requests for destruction, etc., must be submitted for approval of such disposal if not covered under approved retention schedule [5-15-6-2.5]

Whistleblower Score

Rank: 50/51

 Indiana has one of the worst whistleblower laws in the country with poor coverage (10 out of 33 possible points), a modest degree of usability (17 out of 33) and inadequate remedies (10 out of 33).  

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Indiana Activity

Indiana Dunes Pavilion Revisions Trigger New Federal Review

Reduced Public Access and Outdoor Recreation Tie Prompt Park Service “Concern”

Indiana Dunes Pavilion Plans Need Federal Historic Review

Commercial Makeover of Historic Pavilion Merits Public Airing and Comment

There Is No Climate Change in Indiana

Pence Climate Denier Posture Costs Hoosiers Millions in Federal Public Safety Aid

Indiana Dunes Pavilion Project Hits Big New Snag

National Park Services Finds Several Project Aspects Non-compliant
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