The General Assembly should consider both laws and replace them with a third law making it plain that death records — like most other records kept on behalf of citizens and paid for by them — must be available to the public.
One reason is simple clarity. When there are contradictory laws on the books, the resulting incoherence creates confusion among members of the public and can breed a cynical distrust of the legal system. But the stronger reason is to reconfirm the state’s commitment to operate an open government for an informed citizenry.
— The News-Sentinel, Fort Wayne