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SLAPPing Back: modified HB 2054 and the protections it affords

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 […]

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Legislative Testimony: anti-SLAPP bill

January 29, 2015 To: Rep. John Barker, chairman House Judiciary Committee, and of the members of the committee From: Maxwell Kautsch, attorney at law, Kautsch Law, LLC RE: Anti-SLAPP legislation, HB 2054 Chairman Barker and members of the committee: As one who is interested in freedom of expression, I have read HB 2054 and hereby […]

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Rethinking Data Tree: Proper application of the KORA to the media’s request for marriage information

For years, anyone could go to a courthouse and look up marriage licenses.  Now, however, the Kansas Office of Judicial Administration (OJA) has taken the position that public access to records of marriages should be limited.  In taking this position, JOA claims it seeks to protect the privacy of marriage licensees.  For authority to restrict […]

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