Opinion: A devastating blow to Indiana public’s right to know

A ruling by Indiana’s highest court allows lawmakers to keep the people’s business shrouded in secrecy.

The state Supreme Court’s decision earlier this month means legislators can continue to withhold their communications with lobbying groups and businesses.

The decision comes in a taxpayer-funded lawsuit filed by Citizens Action Coalition, Common Cause of Indiana and Energy and Policy Institute. The nonprofit groups are seeking emails between Rep. Eric Koch, R-Bedford, and utility companies regarding his solar power bill. The House had denied an open records request for the correspondence, saying the General Assembly is exempt from the Indiana Access to Public Records Act. Continue…