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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...

Mike Farrell: Open government won a big victory in Kentucky today, related to Health, Human Services

A three-member panel of the Kentucky Court of Appeals upheld a Franklin Circuit Court ruling that the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services violated the state’s sunshine law in refusing to turn over records requested by the state’s two-largest newspapers. In addition, the court upheld the fees and penalties, totaling more than $1 million, Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd imposed when he ruled...