|Governor Mike Pence|
Nonsense. Getting documents in electronic form has never been a problem. In fact, agencies strongly prefer to do it that way. Rather HSPA and the agencies just wanted to shut down citizen journalism. Senate Bill 369 easily passed both chambers.
In steps Governor Mike Pence who, with veto pen in hand, repelled the attack on open government.
It was the perfect opportunity for the Governor to brag about what he did, to counter some of the unfair attacks on his integrity and begin to restore his popularity. So how did Governor Pence take advantage of the opportunity? Did he hold a press conference or send out a press release with the veto message, both which would have given him free, positive media coverage all across the state?
No, he sent out a Tweet:
Not only that, but a Tweet sent late Friday afternoon, the time you release BAD information when you want to kill a story? Needless to say, the story which could have been a huge win for Governor Pence, got little coverage.I vetoed SEA 369 over fee for public records searches - the cost of public records should never be a barrier to the public's right to know— Governor Mike Pence (@GovPenceIN) May 8, 2015
Even though a new communications director was appointed post-RFRA, the PR failures continue to mount.