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Legislature to take up exceptions to open records law

January 27, 2009

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— The Kansas Senate plans to debate a bill extending the life of 30 exceptions to the state’s open records law.

The Senate was expected to give the measure first-round approval Tuesday.

The Open Records Act generally requires government agencies to keep the records they compile and maintain accessible to the public.

But it contains numerous exceptions allowing documents to remain confidential. Additional exceptions are sprinkled throughout other Kansas laws.

Since 2000, all of those exceptions have included an expiration date, so that the Legislature must review them to see whether they’re still necessary. That review has become routine for most.

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