Kentucky House Bill 312 has open government advocates on high alert. The bill would strip the courts of the ability to decide which legislative records must be made public, leaving such decisions to 16 members of the House and Senate.
It “lets the fox guard the henhouse,” opponents of the legislation say.
The bill also would impose a residency requirement, meaning only Kentucky residents could file open records requests in the state.
“Kentuckians need not fear openness,” says opinion writer Jamie Lucke. “They should fear losing a law that holds politicians and governments accountable.”