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In past Journal-World articles I’ve seen reporters reference the Kansas Open Records Act — or KORA — as well as the Freedom of Information Act — or FOIA — laws. What’s the difference between the two?

The term FOIA refers to federal open records laws and sets requirement for disclosure of records and documents for federal agencies, such as the FBI or federal courts. The Kansas Open Records Act, on the other hand, sets the standards and requirements for Kansas state and local governments; however, some states name their state open records acts “FOIA” as well, and the term is commonly used to refer to open records laws.

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