Two bills before a Kansas Senate committee would make government meetings and records more accessible to the public.
Both bills were presented to the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee last week.
Senate Bill 70 clarifies a law that requires government bodies to justify going into private meetings. Under the measure, the reason for the private meeting would have to be recorded in public minutes.
Kansas news organizations and other open-government advocates came to the state Capitol on Thursday, pushing for more transparency in government meetings and reduced costs for records.
The groups are supporting Senate bills 86 and 70 in this year’s legislative session.
SB 70 clarifies what elected officials would have to tell the public when they meet in closed sessions.
SB 86 would place new limits on the prices public agencies can charge for copies of documents requested under the Kansas Open Records Act.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office and members of the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government will provide free training sessions on open government laws across the state next month.
The training about the Kansas Open Records Act and the Kansas Open Meetings Act will be conducted by attorneys in Schmidt’s office. Panelists will include Kansas Sunshine Coalition members, local government officials and members of the media. Continue…