Anonymous Bills Prompt Kansas Statehouse Discussion

“A bill which affects a certain industry may come out with a name attached, a name of a legislator whose campaign was funded by that same industry. That doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be introduced, it means the citizens should get the whole story.”

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Private emails about public business remain in shadows

“As officials become able to operate in secret without public scrutiny, they are very likely to become abusive of their power and fall into corrupt practices and fall below the standard of good governance. Secrecy always leads to worsening and even tyrannical government.”

Senate gives early OK to transparency bills, but rejects email measure

“The Senate rejected an amendment to the state’s open records law Thursday that would have expanded the definition of a public record to include any information on a ‘personal electronic device’ used by a public agency to conduct government business.”