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Judge subject to mandamus appeal agrees LJW request is not moot; issues scheduling order

On February 27, 2015, Douglas County District Court Judge B. Kay Huff, the respondent in Supreme Court Case No. 14-113027-S, The Lawrence Journal-World v. B. Kay Huff, issued an order concerning the underlying criminal cases, which have since been expunged.  In the Order, the district court “agrees that Intervenor’s interest is not moot and survives […]

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AG’s open records enforcement bill virtually unopposed

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.

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Proposed law in Kansas would strip professors of titles in opinion articles

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 […]

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Lawmakers propose tightening open records laws

In light of the governor’s comments that he “mostly uses his private cellphone,” Kansas Democrats have proposed a modification to the Kansas Open Records Act that would make such communications open to the public.  Read the Journal-World’s account here.

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