Hotline proposed to report local corruption

A State Lawmaker is proposing a hotline for Indiana residents to utilize to report corruption by local government.  State Senator Victoria Spartz of Nobelsville says there is no place for taxpayers to go if they believe their local officials are involved in wrongdoing. She said the State Board of Accounts could run the hotline along with the Indiana Inspector General.

The state auditor, Paul Joyce says his department audits governments constantly and reports alleged violations or misuse of public money.  He says such a hotline would result in the changing of state laws to determine what can be investigated and to protect whistle blowers.  He also said such a hotline would require him to double his staff.

State Representative and Republican Majority Leader Matt Lehman says a hotline could lead to false reports from those upset about local government officials’ decisions and actions.