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Kansas legislature attempts to redefine public record

Source: 
WOW! 6 News
Author: 
James Ryan Roberts
Date: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

"Under Kansas Senate Bill 361, the definition of the term 'public record' would change, possibly blurring the line between public and private.

'{Under the new law} a public record is recorded information that a public employee makes or keeps or possesses pursuant to his or her officials duties and that relates to the public business of a public agency,' said Mike Kautsch, law professor at the University of Kansas.

This change means that the public agency does not have to be in possession of the document for it to be considered public record. This would mean emails on private email addresses written on personal devices would be fair game. Kautsch says this is quite a change compared to laws in other states."

Faculty name: 
Mike Kautsch