Kansas opens private e-mails on public business

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a bill to close a loophole in the state’s open records act that allowed public officials to use private e-mail accounts to avoid scrutiny.

Source: Gov. Brownback signs bill opening officials’ private e-mails on public business

Doug Anstaett, executive director of the Kansas Press Association, said he has been suspicious for a long time that a lot of government business was done through private e-mail on devices at both the state and local level. The new Kansas Open Records law will enable citizens and news organizations to investigate that, he said.

“I think it opens a door that has been closed for a long time. We’ve had people who would just keep this information secret simply because they thought they could,” Anstaett said. “Now if they do it, we’ve got the law on our side. The law will open this information up and those public officials who try to operate in secret, the light will be shined on them.”

 

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