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Amye Bensenhaver: KY citizens own the plane, Governor, and have a right to know how you use it


“The information is out there. The people can see all of the flights that have been taken and can see where the money came from. “The real question is: Why does it matter what the purpose (of the trip) is? Did taxpayers pay for it? If they did, then they should know the purpose. If they didn’t pay for it, it’s none of their business.” This, according to the Bowling Green Daily News,...

Amye Bensenhaver: A new exception to open records should always raise legislative red flags

Twice last week we were reminded of a common argument used by public agencies to avoid their statutory duties under the open records law. The first reminder came in the form of judicial repudiation of the argument. The second reminder came in the form of legislative acceptance of the argument in a newly enacted, but wholly unvetted, exception to the open records law. The argument is based on the agencies’...

Amye Bensenhaver: The sunlight fades in Kentucky; open government takes and needs constant vigilance

In an era when virtually every public official gives lip service to the importance of transparency and accountability, what is it that motivates a legislator to introduce a bill that abridges these twin goals? What, indeed, when our time tested open records law strikes a reasonable balance between the need for public oversight of governmental operations and the competing need for governmental confidentiality. Twice...

KYCIR: State Senator Danny Carroll says he didn’t write bill he filed restricting public records access

By Kate Howard Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting A state senator who pre-filed a bill that would broadly restrict access to public records said the bill was authored by someone else, and he’s open to making changes based on transparency concerns. State Sen. Danny Carroll, R-Paducah, said in an interview with the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting that he’s listening to criticism...

Winning candidate Jim Glenn, a democrat, wants records on use of House lawyers by his opponent

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The attorney representing Jim Glenn, the Democrat involved in an Election Contest in the Kentucky House of Representatives, has filed an open records appeal with Attorney General Andy Beshear, claiming House Republicans have been unresponsive in requests for information. 
Attorney Anna Whites said in a statement issued on Wednesday that lawyers who appear to be employed...