Beshear intervenes in court actions involving sexual misconduct investigations to protect OAG’s ability to resolve open records disputes

Attorney General Andy Beshear has intervened in open records appeals pending in the Fayette and Franklin Circuit courts, and is seeking to obtain permission to intervene in a similar appeal in Warren Circuit Court in cases involving his office (OAG) having access to information regarding Title IX sexual misconduct investigations of university employees. His goal?…

Bluegrass Beacon – Missing: Checks and balances for school council

Masterminds of the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) intended by choosing to establish School-Based Decision Making (SBDM) councils as schools’ governing bodies to deal with nepotism primarily in rural areas. Such favoritism did result in abuse of power, often in smaller districts which some superintendents treated as their own personal fiefdoms by hiring family members…

Unannounced meetings and locked doors: The latest assault on open government

The Bluegrass Institute’s commitment to open government is absolute. We were therefore dismayed to learn that the Kentucky Attorney General was recently compelled to instruct the Corbin Public Library Board on the fundamentals of the 43-year-old open meetings laws and to conclude that this public board’s conduct violated those laws. The board ran afoul of…