Kentucky House Bill would exempt committees that award “build-to-suit” contract

A bill that would shroud future projects like Frankfort’s Capital Plaza redevelopment in an extra layer of secrecy has moved a step toward passage. Following an, at times, spirited debate on the virtues of transparency in government and necessity of secrecy in procurement, members of the House Committee on State Government on Thursday sent House…


Secret committees influence big Louisville development deals

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – After organizers abruptly canceled the FoodPort project in 2016, Mayor Greg Fischer’s administration sought new uses for 24 acres of city-owned land in the Russell neighborhood. In September, Fischer announced that the Louisville Urban League would transform the vacant site, known as Heritage West, into a $30 million track-and-field complex at…


Editorial: House Bill 216 would hurt Kentucky’s open meetings law

A government that best serves the interests of its people doesn’t seek to unnecessarily hide information, but that’s exactly what one bill introduced in the Kentucky House seeks to do. House Bill 216 — sponsored by Rep. Jason Petrie, a Republican who represents a section of southwestern Kentucky — would exempt committees that award “built-to-suit”…


KY attorney general sides with Covington in open records case

Covington's firefighters union asked the attorney general to determine whether the city of Covington violated open meetings laws by a delayed release of emails.

Attorney General Andy Beshear sided with the city, saying the city didn't take an unreasonable amount of time inspecting the 895 emails involved in the open records request.



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.