News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Max Jones

May 31, 2008

Editor's Note: A local connection in office of Public Access Counselor

TERRE HAUTE — Residents of Vigo County, and readers of the Tribune-Star, have been treated to a good lesson on open government the past few weeks in wake of formal complaints that the Terre Haute Housing Authority violated state laws governing public meetings.

Those complaints were lodged with the office of Indiana’s public access counselor by a Terre Haute city councilman and others closely involved in ongoing controversies at the housing agency. This week, Public Access Counselor Heather Willis Neal issued an advisory opinion agreeing with the complainants that the Housing board had violated the open meetings law.

The four-page opinion is instructive. Not only does it evaluate the substance of the complaint and the actions of a public agency, it applies them to the law and details the manner in which the law was violated. A copy of the opinion is available at the PAC Web site under the Advisory Opinions link. More conveniently, it is available for viewing and download from our Web site at www.tribstar.com. Just click on the link to this column (or see the accompanying link if you’re reading this online).

While this episode will teach readers some things about public access laws and how they are applied, there is a fact I would like to add that most people may not know, and that the Advisory Opinion won’t tell you.

Neal, who was appointed by Gov. Mitch Daniels to the PAC post last summer, is a native of Terre Haute and a graduate of North Vigo High School. She is the fourth person to hold the position since its creation in 1998 (first by executive order of the late Gov. Frank O’Bannon and later by the Indiana General Assembly).

Her higher education includes degrees from Franklin College and the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis. After law school, she worked in the secretary of state’s office for both Sue Ann Gilroy and Todd Rokita. Prior to her appointment as public access counselor, she was executive director of a non-profit organization.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Max Jones
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus 3 People Killed, Deputies Wounded in NC Shootout House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Visitors Feel Part of the Pack at Wolf Preserve Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: 16 Killed in Gaza Market Strike LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors
NDN Video
Famous Internet Cats Help Big Cause With Viral Video Raw: Obama Gets Hug From Special Olympian Snoop Dogg Narrating Animal Footage Is Perfect Tigers Acquire David Price - @TheBuzzeronFOX Russell Brand Slams Sean Hannity Over Gaza Conflict Segment Chapter Two: Composing for a film in retirement Woman's Dive Goes Terribly Wrong Brian Williams Reports on Daughter Allison Williams' 'Peter Pan' Casting News Did Jimmy Fallon Look Up Heidi Klum's Dress? What Drama? Miranda Kerr Poses Topless Plane crashes in San Diego Costco parking lot Justin Bieber Takes To Instagram To Diss Orlando Bloom You Won't Believe the Celeb Cameos in "Sharknado 2" Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Orlando Bloom 'Takes a Swing' at Justin Bieber In Ibiza Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity