Kentucky AG: State Police violated law in denying requests for agency’s database of arrest and traffic citations

In a definitive win for open records advocates, the state attorney general’s office has found Kentucky State Police violated the state public records law by denying Courier Journal requests for the agency’s database of arrest and traffic citations. The agency offered several reasons why it thought the database was exempt from disclosure. In addition to…

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KY: Are Sexual Harassment Records Public? One Law, Many Interpretations

Every public agency in Kentucky has to follow the same state laws about sharing records with the public. But every public agency does not interpret these laws the same way — at least, that’s what the varied responses to Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting requests for documents tied to sexual harassment complaints appear to show….

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Kentucky AG Seeks to Intervene in Open Records Case

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear wants to join in an open records dispute between Kentucky State University and a student newspaper.

Beshear's office said Tuesday he filed a motion in Franklin Circuit Court seeking to intervene.

At issue is KSU's refusal to turn over records related to an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. The University of Kentucky's student newspaper is seeking the records.

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Kentucky public school system violated open records law with ‘extensive redactions’ to personnel investigation

The Kentucky Attorney General's Office has ruled that Jefferson County Public Schools violated the state's open records law by blacking out too many details from records showing how the school district handled a workplace complaint involving a former high-level employee.

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Sheriff’s department overcharged for records on CD

From KFVS12.com: FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The Meade County Sheriff’s Department has violated the Open Records Act by charging $10 for a CD containing six photographs.

That finding by the attorney general’s office was released on Tuesday. It held that charging more than the cost of the CD subverted the intent of Kentucky law governing access to public records.

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Jailer ‘subverted’ Kentucky Open Records Act

From The Times Tribune:  An open records appeal by Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell got a response from the state attorney general’s office dated May 15.

And it states Whitley County Jailer Ken Mobley “subverted” Kentucky’s Open Records Act in response to a request made by the sheriff earlier this year.

 

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Senate kills, House revives moments later a bill that would curtail child services transparency

From Kentucky Open Government Blog

A bill opposed by the Kentucky Press Association that could increase secrecy at the Cabinet for Health and Family Servicesdied in a Senate committee on Tuesday then was revived minutes later in the House of Representatives.

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Transparency taking another hit in Kentucky

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When I tried to fight my way into a closed-door Kentucky budget negotiation in 2006, the windows on the doors were covered with newspaper. I was physically restrained by a cop (or security guard) for looking through a gap in the newspaper. I’m glad my Bluegrass Institute colleagues are keeping the heat up.

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