As reported in this space earlier this week, the Kansas Supreme Court has issued an order in The World Company, d/b/a The Lawrence Journal-World v. The Honorable B. Kay Huff. The order provides that Judge Huff must file an answer by March 23, 2015 to the Journal-World’s petition in mandamus. It should be noted that […]
Archive | February, 2015
On February 19, 2015, the Kansas Supreme Court ordered Judge B. Kay Huff to respond to the Lawrence Journal-World’s petition in mandamus by March 23, 2015.
Supporters of HB 206, which would provide for alternative dispute resolution-style negotiations upon findings of violation by the Attorney General’s office as well as more specific enforcement powers for violations of KORA and KOMA, testified in favor of the bill before the Senate Judiciary Committee in February 18, 2015. Read the Topeka Capital-Journal’s coverage here.
On February 18, 2015, the House Education Committee had a hearing on HB 2234 seeking to forbid state employees from including their titles in op-ed article contributions to newspapers. The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that Reps. Virgil Peck, R-Tyro, and Joe Seiwert, R-Pretty Prairie, in advocating for the bill, offered an “amendment that would apparently allow university […]
A request under the Kansas Open Records Act by the Topeka Capital-Journal to Kansas State University resulted in heavily redacted documents. Read the story here.
After reviewing the new statutory sections that SB 206 would add to the Kansas Open Records Act (KORA) and the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA) last Friday, today I will examine the proposed changes to existing statutory provisions. For reference, SB 206 can be found here. Sections 10 and 14 of SB 206 would amend […]
It is well-established that district courts in Kansas have jurisdiction to rule on controversies involving the Kansas Open Records Act (KORA) and the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA). K.S.A. 45-222; K.S.A. 75-4320a. However, Kansas law has long lacked a specific enforcement mechanism to better ensure compliance with open records laws. In an attempt to remedy […]
Recently-introduced HB 2234 seeks to require all post-secondary institutions in the state to implement a policy preventing their employees from including their official titles when “authoring or contributing to a newspaper opinion column.” In other words, the bill seeks to restrict the speech of those employees, specifically with regard to those employees’ freedom to include […]
A recently-introduced bill would prohibit members of academia from “providing or using such employee’s official title when authoring or contributing to a newspaper column….when the opinion of the employee concerns a person who currently holds any elected public office in this state, a person who is a candidate for any elected public office in this […]
The Public Speech Protection Act (“the Act”), as proposed in HB 2054, would strengthen Kansans’ right to freedom of expression while simultaneously protecting them against the threat of costly, groundless litigation. HB 2054 would benefit defendants in cases that are considered to be Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation cases, or SLAPP. Such defendants are sued […]