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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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New FLSA overtime eligibility rules to go into effect later this year

News organizations’ fears about the Department of Labor’s new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations, which were proposed last year, will apparently be realized. In February of this year, the Department of Labor (DoL) announced that the new rule will be published in July, perhaps even earlier, and be effective 60 days after publication. The […]

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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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The Government Records Preservation Act: Connections to KORA

On Tuesday, January 26, 2016, the Senate Committee on Judiciary introduced SB 361, a bill that would amend the definition of “public records” to include state-related communications made from personal devices. The bill was the result of a recommendation of the Kansas Judicial Council’s Open Records Advisory Committee reached during several meetings in the fall […]

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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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Balancing truthful political advertising with news organizations’ First Amendment interests

For Kansas news media, the political campaign season is an opportunity to inform the public by publishing news reports about candidates as well as political advertising. However, a Kansas statute interferes with the media’s freedom to publish political ads on their websites, limiting the media’s ability to inform and threatening their ability to earn revenue […]

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Kansas Supreme Court amends Rule 106; marriage information now limited

Despite opposition from journalists, genealogists, and others, the Kansas Supreme Court has amended Supreme Court Rule 106 so that marriage information that had been publicly available for decades is no longer accessible.  Instead, courts are to prepare a “limited marriage record.”  The rule went into effect on October 1, 2015, and can be found here. […]

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