Editorial: Open door policy best for public, government

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Each December, newspapers across the Hoosier state — including The Daily Journal — mail letters to a variety of local and state government agencies and schools, outlining requests that those agencies inform them and their readers of planned meeting times in the coming year.

Mailing such a letter is part of Indiana’s Open Door Law, a responsibility that we take seriously. Just as the law requires that governmental agencies notify the public of meeting times, the law also requires that newspapers mail letters requesting notification of updates and additions to those schedules by Dec. 31 each year.

Again, that’s a responsibility we and our parent company, Home News Enterprises, take seriously, and we’re pleased to report that local compliance with that request appears strong each year. So strong, in fact, that some agencies occasionally send us their schedules of meetings even before we mail the request. Now that’s compliance. The others respond within days if not sooner.

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