Archive | September, 2015

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Revising KORA: Copying audio and video records

As discussed in this space, audio and video recordings in possession of government agencies, such as law enforcement, are public records, and available for inspection under the Kansas Open Records Act (KORA). However, under KORA, agencies “shall not be required to provide copies of radio or recording tapes or discs, video tapes or films, pictures, […]

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Revising KORA: Correctly interpreting the “third business day” language of K.S.A. 45-218(d)

Evidence is accumulating that public agencies in Kansas are not responding to records requests within the time required by K.S.A. 45-218(d) of the Kansas Open Records Act (KROA). As a result, agencies often produce records only belatedly, if all. As a consequence, those requesting records are frustrated, and the agencies avoid being transparent in the […]

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Revising KORA: Amending the definition of “public records” to include emails sent to and from non-government accounts that relate to public business

In light of the controversy last year over the state budget director’s use of a private email account to discuss public business, the Kansas Legislature will likely attempt to revise the Kansas Open Records Act (KORA) this coming session. Because the budget director sent and received emails on the private account, they were not in […]

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