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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Ind. Gov't. - "Senate committee OKs college police records bill"

HB 1022 is the subject of this AP story in the South Bend Tribune that begins:

Police departments operated by private colleges would remain exempt from following the same crime reporting requirements as other law enforcement agencies, including those serving public colleges, under a measure approved Monday by a Senate committee.

The bill sponsored by Rep. Pat Bauer, D-South Bend, was approved by the Civil Law committee on a 7-0 vote. It would require the University of Notre Dame and the 9 other private colleges in Indiana with police departments to comply with a limited number of provisions of the state's Public Records Act.

Critics, however, say private college police departments would not be required to do anything that they aren't already required to do under federal law.

"It doesn't make any changes from what they are living under now. It just makes it state law," Hoosier State Press Association Director Steve Key said. "Whether it's a municipal, county or a public university (police department), what they have to give is much more detail."

The measure comes amid a court battle between ESPN and Notre Dame over the university's refusal to release records about possible crimes involving student athletes. On Wednesday, a state appellate court will take up ESPN's appeal of a lower court ruling in Notre Dame's favor.

For more on the bill and the ESPN v. Nortre Dame lawsuit, see this list of ILB posts.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 23, 2016 09:47 AM
Posted to Indiana Government