- Associated Press - Saturday, November 1, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana’s public access counselor is advising government officials who send business emails that they might have to disclose those messages even if they’re sent through a personal account.

Access Counselor Luke Britt says any communication by someone acting in an official capacity may be subject to the Indiana Access to Public Records Act.

The Times in Munster reports (http://bit.ly/1tjpOp3 ) Britt’s advisory came in response to a complaint by a Hammond man who was denied copies of emails sent and received by two Lake County commissioners and a councilman.

Commissioners administrator Tramel Raggs argued that board members are not a public agency and are not required to disclose their emails.

Britt said that was a misreading of Indiana’s public records law but didn’t rule that Lake County violated the act.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.thetimesonline.com

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