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State committee looks to update Kansas Open Records Act for digital age

Source: 
The Wichita Eagle
Author: 
Bryan Lowry
Date: 
Saturday, August 8, 2015

"Kansas policymakers say they want to bring the state’s open records law into the 21st century and ensure that public officials can’t flout it by using private e-mails and personal devices.

A special committee held its first meeting on the issue Friday and identified numerous questions on how the 30-year-old Kansas Open Records Act ought to be updated for a digital world.

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Mike Kautsch, a law professor with the University of Kansas who specializes in open records law, said that when the law was originally drafted, agencies and municipalities were responsible for ensuring access to records. But increasingly because of technology, he said, individual employees and officials 'have way more power over access to public information.'”