Sheriff’s department overcharged for records on CD

From 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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President of Lexington-based foundation says it’s not a public agency

From The Republic:  A Lexington-based foundation that has received more than $1 million from a regional development district since 2009 has declined to release documents to show how the money was spent.

The money that went to the Bluegrass Industrial Foundation was mostly rent paid by the Bluegrass Area Development District. The foundation owns the office building where the development district is located, and its president is Jas Sekhon.

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Kentucky child safety officials defend redacting child abuse records

From Houston Chronicle:  Kentucky child safety officials have testified that their main reason for redacting information in files of children who have been severely abused or neglected is to protect the privacy of families involved.

Department of Community Based Services Teresa James said protecting the privacy of the families helps them to heal and rebuild.


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.



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.