South Bend criticized for late response to records request

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SOUTH BEND, Indiana Indiana's public access counselor has filed an opinion criticizing the city of South Bend for taking three years to respond to a lawyer's request for emails related to the city's housing authority.

The records were requested in March 2012 and released last month. The attorney, former congressional Green Party candidate Andrew Straw, filed a complaint with the state in the interim.

The South Bend Tribune reports that Straw was seeking emails regarding Mayor Pete Buttigieg's appointment of members to the South Bend Housing Authority board on behalf of multiple clients in a sexual harassment case.

In his complaint, Straw accuses the city of violating the Access to Public Records Act, which requires agencies to respond to records requests in a "reasonable" timeframe.

The city says it wasn't notified about the outstanding request.