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Kansas officials’ private emails to be subject to disclosure

'Kansas officials' emails about public business on private accounts or devices will be subject to public disclosure starting in July under a bill Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law Wednesday.

The law closes a big loophole in the Kansas Open Records Act . That decades-old law generally requires government records to be accessible to the public, but it hasn't specifically applied to officials' private email accounts or communications with private cellphones.

Legislators approved the measure after months of scrutiny of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as U.S. secretary of state. The issue also arose in Kansas following disclosures about Brownback and his budget director's use of private communications. Continue…