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Fresh Tips: The Value of Submitting Written KORA Requests

The Kansas Open Records Act (KORA) does not “require a request to be made in any particular form,” and requests may be made orally, although an agency “may require a written request.” While such flexibility in the nature of the request may seem to favor those who request documents, especially those who are not lawyers, […]

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Fresh Tips: Filing KORA and KOMA complaints

July 1, 2016, will mark the one-year anniversary of the passage of statutory amendments that conferred additional powers on the office of the Attorney General to penalize public agencies for violations of the Kansas Open Records Act (KORA) and Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA). Among other things, these new statutes give the AG subpoena power and […]

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Fresh Tips: Access to “education records” under FERPA and KORA

For any journalist, but particularly student journalists covering their school’s administration and its relationship to its students, the federal Family and Educational Rights Act (FERPA) can present significant roadblocks to obtaining records that would otherwise be open to the public under the Kansas Open Records Act (KORA).  In Kansas, if a journalist asks a school […]

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Fresh Tips: Public agency settlement agreements are subject to disclosure under KORA

Settlement agreements memorializing amounts paid by public agencies to end legal disputes are public records under the Kansas Open Records Act (KORA) and thus subject to disclosure, even if the parties to the dispute attempt to keep the agreement confidential. As long as settlement documents are retained by the agency in the ordinary course of […]

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Fresh Tips: Tweeting in court

Journalists who report on court proceedings can update the public minute-by-minute by sending tweets live from courtrooms. However, not all judges allow tweeting. A Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) survey earlier this year found that an “ad hoc approach appears to be how the majority of courts across the country still treat […]

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Fresh Tips: Accessing probable cause affidavits in Kansas

Fresh Takes’ own Max Kautsch co-authored the cover story in the current issue of the Journal of the Kansas Bar Association.  The article takes an in-depth look at the legislative intent related to the newly amended statutes and the genesis of their adoption.  It aspires to guide members of the public and journalists in requesting […]

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