Is there a seat at the table for Bluegrass Institute’s open-records expert?

This op-ed by Amye Bensenhaver, director of the Bluegrass Institute Center for Open Government, recently appeared in the Courier-Journal and Frankfort State Journal and summarizes the events that followed the introduction of a committee amendment to HB 302 in the last two minutes of the Senate State and Local Government Committee’s March 21 meeting. The…

Institute joins groups across spectrum opposing proposal to place public business on private devices outside open records reach

For Immediate Release: Monday, March 26, 2018 Groups and media organizations across the political spectrum were alarmed when, as the Bluegrass Institute Center for Open Government reported,  House Bill 302 was changed to reclassify government business done on private devices and accounts as outside the reach of the open records law. As a result, the…

Bluegrass Beacon: Bill clouds citizens’ access

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. The incredible demolition of the Capital Plaza Tower, Frankfort’s tallest building brought down after falling into disrepair, offers a stark visual reminder not only of what’s going to…

News Alert: Bluegrass Institute Center for Open Government asks court to affirm public access to lawmakers’ meetings

For Immediate Release: Friday, March 23, 2018 (FRANKFORT, Ky.) — The Bluegrass Institute Center for Open Government is asking the Franklin Circuit Court to uphold an attorney general’s decision that a closed meeting of the state House of Representatives at which a taxpayer-funded study of Kentucky’s retirement systems was discussed violated the commonwealth’s Open Meetings…

The truth about HB 302:a very real and imminent threat to the public’s right to know

By Amye Bensenhaver When it was introduced into the House of Representatives on February 2, 2018, HB 302 was described as “An act relating to reorganization.” At that time, its stated purpose was to “Amend KRS 12.020 and 12.252 to create the Professional Licensing Legal Division within the Public Protection Cabinet; create the Office of…