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Former assistant attorney general Bensenhaver named director of Center for Open Government

Amye Bensenhaver, one of the foremost experts on Kentucky’s nationally recognized open records and open meetings laws, is joining the Bluegrass Institute team as director of the free-market think tank’s Center for Open Government. Bensenhaver, winner in 2016 of the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center Award, spent 25 years as an assistant attorney general, during which she wrote nearly 2,000 legal...

Open records expert Bensenhaver says resignation from attorney general’s office was under duress

For 25 years, Amye Bensenhaver wrote most of the Kentucky attorney general’s opinions interpreting the state open-meetings and open-records laws. Those opinions are called decisions, because they have the force of law unless overturned by a court. This week she resigned, saying she was put “under considerable duress” by state Attorney General Andy Beshear and his lieutenants, “the...