After a motions hearing on April 9, 2015 in State v. Flack, where the defendant has been accused of a 2013 quadruple murder in Franklin County, Kansas, the Lawrence Journal-World’s Karen Dillon reported that about 60 documents in that case have been filed under seal. Most troubling to Fresh Takes is that the presiding judge, […]
April 1, 2015 Kansas Supreme Court 301 SW 10th Ave. Topeka, KS 66612 Re: Comment on Proposed Changes to Kansas Supreme Court Rule 106 Dear Justice Nuss and Members of the Kansas Supreme Court: As one interested in freedom of expression and freedom of information, I have examined the proposed amendment to Supreme Court Rule […]
As reported by the Topeka Capital-Journal, the Kansas Senate, by a vote of 32-6, recently “rejected an amendment to the state’s open records law Thursday that would have expanded the definition of a public record to include any information on a ‘personal electronic device’ used by a public agency to conduct government business.” The amendment […]
On March 13, 2015, the public was notified that the Kansas Supreme Court is considering adding subsection (d) to Supreme Court Rule 106 that would ostensibly “clarify the treatment of personally identifiable information in marriage licensing documents maintained by the district courts.” As per the notice that accompanies the proposed new rule, “[t]he proposed changes […]
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 […]
As reported in this space earlier this week, the Kansas Supreme Court has issued an order in The World Company, d/b/a The Lawrence Journal-World v. The Honorable B. Kay Huff. The order provides that Judge Huff must file an answer by March 23, 2015 to the Journal-World’s petition in mandamus. It should be noted that […]
On February 19, 2015, the Kansas Supreme Court ordered Judge B. Kay Huff to respond to the Lawrence Journal-World’s petition in mandamus by March 23, 2015.
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.
On February 18, 2015, the House Education Committee had a hearing on HB 2234 seeking to forbid state employees from including their titles in op-ed article contributions to newspapers. The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that Reps. Virgil Peck, R-Tyro, and Joe Seiwert, R-Pretty Prairie, in advocating for the bill, offered an “amendment that would apparently allow university […]
A request under the Kansas Open Records Act by the Topeka Capital-Journal to Kansas State University resulted in heavily redacted documents. Read the story here.