February 24, 2024

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Tag: KORA

House panel debates bill limiting KORA charges to provide public documents

Taxpayers won’t be overcharged to receive public documents in Kansas Open Records Act (KORA) requests any longer if House Bill…

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Attorney files KORA complaint against Republic County over wind issues

An attorney for concerned landowners in Republic County, opposed to wind farm development by NextEra energy, has filed a Kansas…

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Kansas Supreme Court: KORA requires production of electronic records

A recent Kansas Supreme Court decision has put public records custodians on notice — under the Kansas Open Records Act…

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AFPF-Kansas files open records complaint against Commerce Department

More than a year ago, Americans For Prosperity Foundation-Kansas (AFPF-Kansas) filed a series of Open Records Act requests with the…

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Kansas Open Records exemption allows elected officials to avoid scrutiny

Changes to the Kansas Open Records Act intended to close a loophole preventing the use of private emails to circumvent…

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Trust Kansas Coalition files open meetings complaint against Gov. Kelly

A public-interest group in Kansas is accusing Governor Laura Kelly and her administration of violating the Kansas Open Meetings Act.…

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School districts use ‘go-away’ prices on records requests to avoid transparency

Fox News reports that parents across the country pursuing transparency are being charged exorbitant amounts by school districts in response…

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Butler County Community College continues to fail transparency test

For the second time in as many years, it has taken pointed questions from the Sentinel to get the Butler…

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Cities, counties oppose Open Records cost reforms

Representatives from Kansas local governments spoke in opposition to a measure to lower the costs they charge for fulfilling Open…

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Salina parents object to the district’s COVID segregation policy

Salina Public Schools have maintained they do not have an exclusion policy for students who are either unvaccinated or who…

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Kansas Press Association hopes to curb open records costs

With little incentive to be transparent, the state and some local governing bodies often fight Kansas Open Records Act requests…

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USD 231 superintendent Pam Stranathan gets $425k gift from taxpayers

Student achievement steadily declined in Gardner-Edgerton under Superintendent Pam Stranathan.  The district consciously misled legislators, Stranathan asked county commissioners to…

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Louisburg emails expose conflicting stories on contact tracing

Emails obtained in an Open Records request connected to a contact tracing in USD 416 Louisburg reflect a different story…

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What is Gov. Kelly’s Department of Revenue trying to hide?

The Kansas Department of Revenue is ignoring an Open Records request, in what could be an attempt to cover up…

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How some government officials circumvent Open Records requests

The Kansas Open Records Act (KORA) declares, “It is the public policy of Kansas that public records shall be open…

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KDHE shows no interest in obtaining cycle threshold data

Despite it being clear the State of Kansas is using overly-sensitive COVID tests that, according to officials, will return positive…

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More deception: KDHE hid data to justify mask mandate

Data obtained in an Open Records request from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment shows KDHE didn’t ‘just’ manipulate…

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Governor Kelly ignores Majority Leader’s COVID transparency request

Don’t expect additional COVID transparency from the State of Kansas any time soon. Kansas House Majority Leader Dan Hawkins, (R-Wichita),…

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Kelly administration rejects COVID open records requests

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly wants to delay opening schools and is hinting at closing the economy this fall over the…

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Gov. Kelly on no-bid contracts: do as I say, not as I do

Despite roundly criticizing the use of no-bid contracts in previous administrations, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly finally admits she hired an…

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Gov. Kelly stonewalls records request on no-bid contracts

Democrat Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has expressed long-standing opposition to the troubling practice of awarding no-bid contracts — government contracts…

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Frontenac continues to obfuscate on open records requests

The City of Frontenac continues to delay and refuse to hand over documents relevant to the decision in September of…

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