University of Louisville receives a failing mark from the attorney general in open records 101

In a recent blog, the Bluegrass Institute lamented the University of Louisville Foundation’s flagrant disregard for the open records law as well documented in the foundation’s June 8, 2017 forensic audit. Mislabeling records to avoid detection, secreting records away in nonpublic places to mislead applicants, and destroying records to forever impede the public’s right to…

BIPPS op-ed in Herald-Leader: Sunshine laws ‘showing their age’

Kentuckians are justifiably proud of their nationally recognized open meetings and records laws, popularly referred to as sunshine laws. Since the mid-1970s, these laws have enabled the public to hold their officials and agencies accountable through meetings and records access. The policies that support the laws have, as Kentucky’s Supreme Court once noted, “revealed whether…

Thursday night in Bowling Green: Will major changes promised regarding Kentucky’s education standards really happen?

Bluegrass Institute Staff Education Analyst Richard Innes will discuss the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards that are currently in use in Kentucky at a special meeting of the Southern Kentucky Tea Party on Thursday @ 6:30 pm (central) @ the Holiday Inn Express, 165 Three Springs Road in Bowling Green. Innes will…

More from #kyga17: Pension transparency bills book-ended busy session

Back-to-back pension transparency bills – Senate Bills 2 and 3 – provided strong bookends for a busy 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly. Along with passage during the session’s historic first week of Sen. Chris McDaniel’s SB 3, which makes legislators’ pension benefits subject to open-records requests – an issue pushed by the Bluegrass Institute’s…