Kentucky Board of Education’s special meeting raises serious open meetings questions

The April 17, 2018 special meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education that culminated in the resignation of Commissioner Stephen Pruitt was marred by several open meetings violations. It was not an auspicious beginning for the board’s “different direction.” Some of the violations were indisputable, like the board’s failure to vote on the motion 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…

Correction: U of L board observed open meetings requirements

The Bluegrass Institute Center for Open Government erroneously commented in a blog on the circumstances regarding Sunday’s meeting of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees to consider a presidential candidate. The board deserves credit for observing open meetings requirements by giving proper notice of the meeting, admitting the public and convening and adjourning in…

Curing the winter doldrums: a week-long celebration of sunshine

  Sunday, March 11, marks the first day of Sunshine Week 2018. Each year since 2005, when the week-long event was inaugurated by the  American Society of News Editors, the media, government watchdogs and ordinary citizens have celebrated the importance and impact of open government. The celebration takes various forms across the country — including…

State Journal files counterclaim against Finance Cabinet in Franklin Circuit Court action

On January 26, The State Journal filed a motion for leave of court to assert a counterclaim against the Finance and Administration Cabinet in a case in Franklin Circuit Court arising from the Cabinet’s lawsuit against a reporter for the newspaper. The lawsuit seeks to reverse a favorable ruling by the Attorney General obtained by…

When transparency becomes an inconvenience, legislate!

In October 2017, we reported on a decision issued by the Kentucky attorney general in an open meetings dispute between The State Journal and the Finance and Administration Cabinet. The dispute centered on a State Journal reporter’s unsuccessful attempts to learn the identities of the members of the Capital Plaza Redevelopment Project Built-to-Suit Selection Committee…