A bill that would give governmental units the option to designate their own websites as their official publication popped up again Monday in the Kansas House of Representatives.
“We were hoping we had dodged the bullet for this year,” said Doug Anstaett, Kansas Press Association consultant and lobbyist, but it wasn’t to be.
The bill would allow for either a newspaper or a government website to be the official site for public notices.
The bill, House Bill 2237, is similar to those debated in 2015 and 2017 and is attached today,
“The names of the House Local Government Committee members and their contact information can be found on Page 2 of today’s Publisher,” Anstaett said. “As we’ve done before, we need to nip this in the bud quickly and decisively.”
Allowing government websites to be official publications would be counterproductive to the checks and balances that accompany publication in newspapers.
The KPA lobbyist said editors and publishers need to contact the following House Local Government committee members and express their opposition to HB 2237.
HOUSE LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Rep. Kent Thompson, Iola, chairman,
785-296-7451 (Topeka) or 620-365-3297 (home) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Emil Bergquist,Park City, vice chair,
785-296-7681 (Topeka); 316-744-9819 (home) email@example.com
Rep. Pam Curtis,Kansas City, Kan., ranking minority, 785-296-7430 (Topeka) or 913-626-0404 (home) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Mike Amyx,Lawrence, 785-296-7632 (Topeka) or 785-843-3089 (home)
Rep. Elizabeth Bishop, Wichita,
785-296-5016 (Topeka) or 316-841-5173 (home) Elizabeth.Bishop@house.ks.gov
Rep. Michael Capps, Wichita,
785-296-7473 (Topeka) or 316-512-8890 (home) Michael.Capps@house.ks.gov
Rep. Lonnie Clark,Junction City
785-296-7483 (Topeka) or 785-375-2428 (home) email@example.com
Rep. Charlotte Esau,Olathe
785-296-7688 (Topeka) or 913-484-4521 (home) Charlotte.Esau@house.ks.gov
Rep. Ron Howard, Wichita
785-296-7468 (Topeka) or 316-681-2645 (home) Ron.Howard@house.ks.gov
Rep. Greg Lewis,St. John
785-296-7682 (Topeka) or 620-458-3541 (home) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Marty Long,Ulysses
785-296-7641 (Topeka) or 620-356-1964 (home) Martin.Long@house.ks.gov
Rep. J.C. Moore, Clearwater
785-296-1177 (Topeka) or 316-558-7848 (home) J.C.Moore@house.ks.gov
Rep. Jarrod Ousley,Merriam
785-296-7366 (Topeka) or 913-735-0236 (home) email@example.com`