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Amye Bensenhaver: Legislature’s assault on open records makes is hard to celebrate Sunshine Week

How to “celebrate” Sunshine Week 2021 when all around us is darkness? This is the question the Kentucky Open Government Coalition has struggled with since February 25. On that day lawmakers launched yet another frontal assault on our open records law. This year the assault took the form of HB 312 — until February 25 “an act relating to financial institutions.” But this assault — unlike...

Amye Bensenhaver: Recent Fayette Circuit Court decision another major victory for open records law

With very little fanfare, the open records law recently claimed another victory in the Fayette Circuit Court. On April 25, Fayette Circuit Judge Kimberly Bunnell affirmed a 2015 open records decision issued by the Office of the Attorney General in a dispute concerning access to the records of the Kentucky Medical Services Foundation. The issue presented to the Fayette Circuit Court in Kentucky Medical...

Commentary: The time has come to revise Kentucky’s landmark 40-year-old ‘sunshine laws’

By Amye Bensenhaver Special to KyForward While employed as an instructor at the University of Kentucky’s School of Journalism, former hostage Terry Anderson recounted his five-year battle with federal agencies to obtain copies of public records under the Freedom of Information Act relating to the government’s efforts to secure his release from Hezbollah kidnappers during his nearly seven-year captivity. Anderson...