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Amye Bensenhaver: Here’s the brief version of the top ten open government stories of 2019

And now, the Reader’s Digest version of the top ten open government stories of 2019: 1. The release of the 2017 actuarial analysis The biggest story in 2019 was, chronologically, the last. On December 20 Governor Andy Beshear released the actuarial analysis of the former governor’s 2017 “Keeping the Promise” pension reform plan. The analysis revealed that “the proposed 2017 reforms would...

Amye Bensenhaver: KY Supreme Court strikes blow for open government; court is arbiter of access

In what may be the single most important victory for open government in recent memory, the Kentucky Supreme Court issued an opinion on September 26 in which it repudiated the Legislative Research Commission’s argument that it, and not the courts, are the final arbiter of access to records of the LRC and the legislature. The opinion in Becky Harilson, etc., et al. v. Hon. Phillip J. Shepherd, et...

Amye Bensenhaver: The year in review — open government defeats and victories in 2018

From a failed legislative attempt to undermine the open records law by redefining “public record” to exclude public officials’ communications about public business on their private devices and accounts to a series of cases reaffirming the principles that support that law, Kentucky’s open government laws experienced legislative defeats and judicial victories in 2018. Along the way, we were regularly...

Ball, Landrum unveil new and improved government transparency website to track tax dollar spending

State Treasurer Allison Ball and Finance and Administration Secretary William M. Landrum III unveiled a new and improved transparency website so that citizens can see where their tax dollars are spent. The redesigned website, called transparency.ky.gov, has improved navigation and search tools making it easier to access information quickly. The upgraded search feature functionality allows citizens...