A public records request made by a reporter, an activist or any concerned citizen could start as something simple and spiral into a long, expensive court battle. State lawmakers are trying to change that.
Republican Senator Keith Faber of Celina is pushing a bill that would create a new, faster public records request process by using local clerks of court and mediators.
State Auditor Dave Yost has a similar program in his office, but Faber’s proposal would put it into law. Yost says this will help people avoid contentious lawsuits where they have to lawyer up.