Kansas transparency pledge drawing few lawmakers

Only a handful of Kansas' 165 legislators have signed an initiative to promote openness and transparency in state government by taking what is being called the "transparency pledge," but the list does include most Lawrence-area legislators.

The Open Kansas initiative was announced Jan. 27 by a coalition of advocacy groups, including Kansas Appleseed, El Centro, Communities Creating Opportunity, Kansas Action for Children, and Kansas Association of Community Action Programs.

The pledge does not call for any specific legislation but asks lawmakers to support "public and transparent processes, timely and reasonable access to public information and increased public participation." Continue…