Kansas officials’ private emails to be subject to disclosure

'Kansas officials' emails about public business on private accounts or devices will be subject to public disclosure starting in July under a bill Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law Wednesday.

The law closes a big loophole in the Kansas Open Records Act . That decades-old law generally requires government records to be accessible to the public, but it hasn't specifically applied to officials' private email accounts or communications with private cellphones.


FEDERAL AGENCIES: Judges rebuke Obama admin’s arguments over private emails

Federal judges don’t appear to be buying the Obama administration's arguments that a lawsuit seeking access a top White House official’s private emails should be tossed out.

Judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rebuffed government attorneys' arguments today that they should uphold a lower court's dismissal of a case aimed at obtaining work-related emails kept by White House science adviser John Holdren on a private server.  Continue…


Kansas panel finding consensus on ways to reform open records law

A panel in Kansas coming to a consensus about how to reform the state’s open records law so it can’t be skirted by government officials using private e-mail or devices.

Sen. Molly Baumgardner, R-Louisburg, and Rep. Jim Ward, D-Wichita, say the determining factor for whether a document is considered public should be the content of a record rather than where it’s stored. Continue…