Bill to close loophole in Kansas Open Records Act advances to Senate floor

Kansas lawmakers are moving forward with efforts to close a loophole in the state’s open records law that allows public officials to use private e-mail to conduct official business. 

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved SB 361 on Tuesday, sending it to the Senate floor. The bill would amend the Kansas Open Records Act so that any record made by an officer or employee of a public agency “in connection with the transaction of public or official business” would be considered a public record “regardless of form, characteristics or location.”

That addition would allow people to obtain private e-mails sent by public officials when they deal with public business. Continue…