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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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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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Revising KORA: Copying audio and video records

As discussed in this space, audio and video recordings in possession of government agencies, such as law enforcement, are public records, and available for inspection under the Kansas Open Records Act (KORA). However, under KORA, agencies “shall not be required to provide copies of radio or recording tapes or discs, video tapes or films, pictures, […]

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