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Confusion Reigns: Student fees and secret deliberations at WSU

Last Friday, a branch of the Wichita State University (WSU) Student Government Association (SGA), the Student Fees Committee, “closed the door to its meeting room in the Rhatigan Student Center Friday afternoon to deliberate about how to allocate between $9.53 and $9.82 million in student fees — claiming SGA is not a state agency, student fees are […]

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Attorney General brings needed clarity to open meetings law

The Kansas Attorney General’s Office recently issued two official opinions (AGOs) that go a long way toward clarifying a provision of state law that allows many state, county, and municipal agencies to discuss public business in closed, or executive, sessions. The Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA) generally requires government bodies to meet openly so that […]

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High Burden of Proof, Few Remedies: open meetings and the law

The Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA) requires that public officials be transparent by making their meetings accessible to citizens.  However, officials who fail to comply with KOMA may be penalized only if they knowingly violated the law.  To avoid being found in violation, all they need to do is establish that they didn’t know what […]

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Reasons for executive sessions under KOMA need clarity

An improvement is needed in the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA) where it permits an executive body, such as a city commission, school board, or county commission, to “recess…open meetings for closed or executive meetings” under K.S.A. 75-4319(a). The closed meetings are commonly known as “executive session.” Under current law, the body can go into […]

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