A bill under consideration in the Indiana Senate would make the eMail messages of public officials—including school administrators—secret from any prying eyes, despite the state's Open Door law, which makes public documents, discussions, and minutes available to anybody who requests them.

At issue is whether eMail messages and other forms of electronic communication should be considered "public documents" and, therefore, subject to the state's open-records law. Supporters of the bill liken eMail correspondence to a


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