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Citizens Suing for Transparency on Anti-Solar Bill

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Last month the Indiana Supreme Court handed down a ruling that dismayed many open government advocates. The Court ruled that Indiana legislators have the legal right to keep some public records secret. The records in question surround what some called the Anti-Solar Bill. That bill was introduced in 2015 would have reduced the financial incentives for homeowners to install solar panels and small wind turbines. The bill didn’t pass. But since it was introduced, citizens groups have been questioning the relationship between the bill’s sponsor, Representative Eric Koch of Bedford, and some utilities companies that stood to benefit from the legislation. But it’s not been easy to investigate that relationship. The legislature has refused to release emails between Koch and those companies. The legal battle is ongoing, and today WFHB News Director Joe Crawford spoke with an official from one of the groups involved.

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