- Sen. Pete Miller (R-Avon)
- Sen Jean Breaux (D-Indianapolis)
- Sen Lonnie Randolph (D-East Chicago)
- Rep. Dennis Zent (R-Angola)
- Rep. Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel)
- Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers)
- Rep. David Niezgodski (D-South Bend)
- Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel)
- Rep. Sue Errington (D-Muncie)
- State Rep. Ryan Dvorak (D-South Bend)
- State Rep. Karlee Macer (D-Indianapolis)
- State Rep. Matt Pierce (D-Bloomington)
- State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn)
- State Rep. Heath Vannatter (R-Kokomo)
. . . . Bill sponsor Republican Rep. Dennis Zent of Angola said local governments often receive complicated requests for documents from certain individuals.
"I don't think that's a wise use of taxpayer money if that's just one individual repeatedly doing it," Zent said.
Supporters also applaud a provision that would allow a requester to receive records electronically. The search fee would apply, but the requester would not have to pay a copying cost.
Currently, an agency can refuse to provide electronic copies, forcing a requester to pick up records in person and pay a copying fee.
Hoosier State Press Association Executive Director Steve Key said the benefit of getting records in an easy format outweighs the potential negatives of a search fee.
Key said it would also save time and resources for both government agencies and records requesters.
"This is going to probably force people to be a little bit more selective when they make records requests," he said. "It will be much more of a rifle approach as opposed to a shot gun or casting a fishing net."
Democratic Rep. Matt Pierce of Bloomington criticized the measure.
"The records are created with our tax dollars; the employees and the buildings are paid for with our tax dollars. If they've got to suffer through a few people who make outrageous requests, that's kind of the price of democracy," he said . . .Key's been a lobbyist at the State House so long he's forgotten what good government is all about. And another old-time State House reporter who just doesn't get it.