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Archive for Monday, March 23, 2009

Senate renews Open Records Act exemptions

March 23, 2009

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— Senators have sent Gov. Kathleen Sebelius a bill to renew 30 exemptions to the Kansas Open Records Act.

The 40-0 vote Monday renews exemptions through July 1, 2014. The House approved the bill last week.

The Open Records Act generally requires government agencies to keep the records they collect and compile accessible to the public, but it contains 47 exceptions allowing officials keep certain documents confidential. Dozens of additional exceptions are sprinkled throughout other Kansas laws.

State law requires legislators to review each exception at least once every five years.

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