Second Regular Session 116th General Assembly (2010)
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SENATE ENROLLED ACT No. 84
AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning higher education.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 21-28-6; (10)SE0084.1.1. -->
SECTION 1. IC 21-28-6 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS
CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY
Chapter 6. Information for Members of the General Assembly
Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "research tool" includes:
(1) online research services;
(2) online and hard copy subscriptions to publications; and
(3) any other source of information used for research
available to an educational institution.
Sec. 2. A state educational institution must provide access to all
research tools available to the educational institution to each
member of the general assembly and staff of the legislative services
agency, at no cost, upon the request of a member of the general
assembly or staff of the legislative services agency.
Sec. 3. A request made by a member of the general assembly or
staff of the legislative services agency under section 2 of this
chapter must be for the purpose of obtaining information related
to carrying out the official duties of the member of the general
Sec. 4. (a) Notwithstanding section 2 of this chapter, a state
educational institution may deny a member of the general assembly
or staff of the legislative services agency access to a research tool
if the research tool was purchased through a grant or other source
that limits access to use of the research tool in a way that would
make granting access to the research tool a violation of the grant
or agreement covering the payment for the research tool.
(b) Nothing in this chapter requires a state educational
institution to expend additional funds or to violate the terms of a
subscription agreement applicable to a journal or other research
SOURCE: ; (10)SE0084.1.2. -->
SECTION 2. [EFFECTIVE UPON PASSAGE] (a) As used in this
SECTION, "research tool" has the meaning set forth in
IC 21-28-6-1, as added by this act.
(b) The legislative council is urged to provide information and
annual training to members and staff of the general assembly
concerning the availability and use of the more than ten thousand
(10,000) research journals and other periodicals that are available
at no cost to all citizens of Indiana through the Indiana state
library's INSPIRE data bases.
(c) The legislative council is urged to request the legislative
services agency to conduct a survey of all members of the general
assembly, the partisan staffs of the general assembly, and the
employees of the legislative services agency to determine the
(1) The extent to which the members and staff make regular
use of the INSPIRE data bases.
(2) The specific journals and other research tools that are
used to conduct legislative research.
(3) The extent to which journals and research tools that are
not available through the INSPIRE data bases would assist in
completing legislative responsibilities.
(4) The names of specific journals or other research tools
identified under subsection (d) that a member or staff person
would use if access were available without charge to the
general assembly or staff.
(d) The legislative services agency shall gather information from
the Indiana state library, the Indiana supreme court law library,
and each state educational institution concerning the names of
journals and other electronic research tools available in and used
by the state library, supreme court library, and state educational
institutions. The legislative services agency shall cause the
information gathered under this subsection to be available as a
part of the survey conducted under subsection (c).
(e) The legislative services agency shall report the results of the
survey to the legislative council not later than July 1, 2010.
(f) The legislative council is urged to request the legislative
services agency, together with the Indiana University School of
Law - Indianapolis, to study the feasibility of and interest in
establishing a research and policy development division within the
legislative services agency. In conducting the study, the legislative
services agency shall examine programs established in other states,
including the cost of the programs, and use the information
obtained to estimate the cost of establishing a research and policy
development division in Indiana.
(g) This SECTION expires July 1, 2011.
SOURCE: ; (10)SE0084.1.3. -->
SECTION 3. An emergency is declared for this act.
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