Thursday, April 09, 2009
John Bartlett Making His Mark In His First Term
Rep. John Bartlett (D-Indianapolis) is making quite an impression during his first elected term in the Indiana House of Representatives. Bartlett became chairman of the House Government and Regulatory Reform Committee where his first order of business was to kill the Kernan-Shepard local government reform measures. Now, he's decided a public access proposal should have the same fate. SB 232 would allow judges to impose fines on government officials who unlawfully deny access to public records and force citizens to sue to open up the records. The legislation would allow courts and public access counselors to review redacted materials in documents that are produced to determine if the law is being followed. It also requires government bodies to post online notices of public meetings. Rep. Bartlett refused to return calls from the Star asking why he won't provide a hearing on SB 232. Hats off to the Marion County Democrats for serving up another elected politician who thumbs his nose at the public.