Indiana Backs Off Open-Records Exemption

By: Mark Fitzgerald

After a weeklong campaign of hostile editorials by member newspapers of the Hoosier State Press Association and the Indiana Associated Press Managing Editors, Indiana legislative leaders last Tuesday called off plans to try to override Gov. Frank O’Bannon’s veto of a bill that would have exempted legislators from state open-records laws.

A survey conducted by The Indianapolis Star and a local TV station found 68% of respondents were opposed to exempting lawmakers, while only 21% said they were in favor of the proposal.

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