Kentucky bill raises alarms for letting the ‘fox guard the henhouse’

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…

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Open government is under attack in Kentucky (again)

In a shocking effort by the Kentucky Legislature to undermine government transparency and accountability, Rep. Jason Petrie (R-Elkton) has introduced HB 387, which aims to make it harder for Kentuckians to know how their tax dollars are being used by the commonwealth to lure and incentivize businesses to locate there. What’s worse (if not knowing…

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Kentucky lawmaker to withdraw bill that would gut open records law

State Sen. Danny Carroll said he will withdraw a controversial bill critics had said would gut the state open records law. Carroll, a Paducah Republican, said he plans to withdraw the bill Wednesday because of concerns raised by the Kentucky Press Association and others familiar with open records laws over its impact on access to public information. “We’re just going…

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Bill In Kentucky Senate Could Keep Doctor Discipline Secret

If your doctor, social worker or therapist has violated professional standards, you have a right to that information under the open records law. But that could change under a bill before the state Senate. The purpose of the 269-page bill is a reorganization of Kentucky’s licensing boards. But the bill also includes new language allowing…

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Bill would reveal Kentucky legislators’ state pensions, which are secret under current law

The public could learn how much a state pension is worth to legislators under a bill unanimously approved Wednesday by a Senate committee.

Senate Bill 45 would require public disclosure of individual benefits for current and former legislators enrolled in the legislative pension system, the judicial pension system, the Kentucky Retirement Systems for state employees or the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System for educators.  Continue…

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