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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Where are the Minutes from the Legislative Committee Meetings?"

The ILB loves it when it is not the only complainer. Just posted by the Indiana Juvenile Justice blog:

During the summer, several legislative committees have been meeting to discuss children’s issues, but many have not posted minutes from those meetings. The website for all of the interim and statutory committees is here. Examples of missing meeting minutes include:

The Child Services Oversight Committee for meeting on July 31, 2013.

The Indiana Commission on Developmental Disabilities for meeting on August 27, 2013.

School Safety Interim Study Committee for meeting on August 29, 2013.

At this time, the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana is not listed as a standing committee, and no notice, agendas, or minutes are posted on the Indiana General Assembly website. That Commission met on August 21, 2013, for the first time.

In addition, the ILB would like to see all interim committee meetings videocast, and the videocasts archived so that people throughout the State can review them.

[More] Some comments from the ILB on August 22nd on the first meeting on the Commission on the Status of Children, which was not videocast:

The commission's next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 16 in Indianapolis.

No word on a webpage for the Commission or whether further meetings will be videocast AND archived. Although Kwiatkowski @IndyMarisaK tweeted during the meeting "It's kind of sad how excited I am about the amount of data in this commission packet," the absence of a website means there is no way for the public (including those who work with children at the state and local level) to access the data.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 18, 2013 10:50 AM
Posted to Indiana Government