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.”

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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.”

New synthetic drugs grab House lawmakers’ attention

“We’ll pass a law every year outlawing these drugs, and the chemists will say, ‘What can we do to change this?’” [Rep. Ramon] Gonzalez said. “They figure out what the current illegal drug is, and they’ll move one of the molecules over. Sometimes the new drug is better, sometimes it’s worse.”

House bill targets gamblers who owe child support

“We owe it to Kansas children to collect whatever we can before the winnings are lost in further attempts to win more or squandered somewhere else,” [Rep. Pete] DeGraaf said. “This bill supports the principle of paying debts before gambling away the funds needed to pay for past responsibilities.”

Bill uncaps limit on carrying concealed guns by public employees

“It’s always a pleasure to talk to you senator,” [Sen. Forrest] Knox said. “I must say, if I was in your home, I think I would want to have a gun.”

Local courthouse employees seek exemption from KORA

“Prosecutors and judges working in Kansas municipal courts requested adoption of a law Thursday to allow for deletion of their home addresses, property records or telephone numbers from public websites as a security precaution.”