Here are some of the bills KPA is following so far in the 2013 session:
• House Bill 2336 would change the definition of a meeting. It would legalize meetings that are deemed "social gatherings," such as the meetings last year at Cedar Crest. KPA strongly opposes this bill.
• Senate Bill 200 would change the definition of a meeting. It would require substantial discussion of issues and even votes to constitute a gathering as a meeting under KOMA. KPA also strongly opposes this bill.
• House Bill 2364 would abolish the practice of printing consttutional amendments in newspapers and instead place them on the Kansas Secretary of State's official website and the official State of Kansas website. KPA strongly opposes this bill.
• House Bill 2346 would establish the Open Government Unit in the Kansas Attorney General's Office. KPA supports this bill. It has not had a hearing.
• Senate Bill 10, sponsored by Pittsburg Republican Sen. Jacob LaTurner. This bill would reduce the allowable charges for access to public records under the Kansas Open Records Act. KPA supports the bill.
• House Bill 2091, sponsored by KPA and the Kansas Association of Counties. This would retain the current three printed delinquent property tax publications but would raise the amount counties could charge per delinquent tract from $15 to $30. KPA support this bill. The bill passed the House.
• House Bill 2128, sponsored by Republican Rep. Tom Sloan of Lawrence. This bill would add another exception to KORA to protect the records of utilities about cyber security threats, attacks or general attempts to attack utility operations. KPA supported the bill after it was amended to exclude the words "or disposal" that would have closed records on disposal of public property. KPA supports the cleanup bill.
KPA's legislative history for previous years is available to newspapers by request. We purposely don't keep it on this public website to keep our adversaries from planning strategies against our interests. Please contact Doug Anstaett at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rich Gannon, a former legislator from northwest Kansas, is in his 10th legislative session as director of governmental affairs for the Kansas Press Association. Here, he entertains the Kansas House of Representatives on St. Patrick's Day by playing his bagpipes.
Below, KPA's media law consultant, Dr. Mike Kautsch of the University of Kansas, leads a panel discussion in Great Bend.