Authors: Senator Pete Miller, Senator Jean Breaux
Co-authors: Senator Lonnie Randolph
Sponsors: Representative Dennis Zent
Co-Sponsors: Representative Donna Schaibley, Representative Todd Huston, Representative David Niezgodski
Advisors: Senator James Buck, Senator John Broden, Senator Liz Brown
Requires local governments and school corporations to provide information for posting on the Indiana transparency Internet web site as follows: (1) Expenditures categorized by personal services, other operating expenses or total operating expenses, and debt service, including lease payments, related to debt. (2) A listing of fund balances, specifically identifying balances in funds that are being used for accumulation of money for future capital needs. Requires the department of local government finance (DLGF) after July 31, 2016, to publish an annual financial and operational summary of each political subdivision on the Indiana transparency Internet web site. Requires a political subdivision that has a public web site to publish a link to the Indiana transparency web site. Requires the DLGF to determine the summary's form, content, and publishing dates. Provides that the department of education determines the educational performance information to be included in the summary published by a school corporation. Allows a state or local government public agency to charge a fee for the time required by the public agency in excess of two hours, to search for a public record. Restricts the hourly rate charged for the search. Prohibits a public agency from charging a fee for the public agency to transmit a public record by electronic mail. Provides that if a public record is in an electronic format, a public agency shall provide a public record (excluding a public record recorded in the office of the county recorder) in electronic form or in paper form, at the option of the person making the request for a public record. Provides that a search fee collected by a department, agency, or office of a county, city, town, or township shall be deposited in the general fund of the county, city, town, or township. Changes a waiting period described by cross reference from 30 days to 60 days to conform with the extension of the waiting period enacted in SEA 7-2015. Specifies that a political subdivision or the appropriate fiscal body may also publish in one or more newspapers the budget information required to be submitted to the department of local government finance's computer gateway. Provides that in certain circumstances, a political subdivision (other than a county) may publish notice in a locality newspaper that has its business office located in the political subdivision instead of in a newspaper that is published in the county and circulates in the political subdivision. Establishes requirements for locality newspapers that may publish notice. Resolves a conflict with a provision in ESB 530-2015 that removes a duplicative provision from the publication statute that prescribes a publication procedure if another specific publication procedure does not apply to an event.