Eudora Representative Anthony Brown and three other legislators ask Attorney General Steve Six for opinion on open meetings law

From State Representative Anthony Brown, a Republican from Eudora, KS.

For Immediate Release

September 2, 2009

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Representative Brown Asks AG for Open Meeting Opinion

Topeka – Representative Anthony Brown (R-Eudora), along with a bi-partisan group of legislators, has sent a letter to the Attorney General asking for an opinion on the Kansas Open Meeting Act.

“I am asking the Attorney General to offer an opinion that opposes any and all efforts to have detailed discussions about taxation or any government entity’s budget, when the discussions are both closed to the public and involve a majority of elected officials,” said Representative Brown.

Currently, there is concern that exemptions within the Act are being abused and budget related discussions are occurring during closed meetings under the guise of personnel discussions.

“The citizens of Kansas should have every opportunity to be heard in discussions that involve the spending of tax dollars,” continued Representative Brown.  “I fully expect the Attorney General to agree that Transparency is critical in maintaining trust in any governing body.”

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Topeka’s CBS affiliate WIBW covered the story:

Rep. Anthony Brown, R-Eudora, says he’s concerned elected officials are saying they’re meeting behind closed doors on personnel issues, when they’re really hashing out budget decisions.

Documents:

  1. Bi-partisan letter sent to Kansas Attorney General Steve Six, asking for formal opinion on the Kansas Open Meetings Act.  Signed by Republican Representatives Anthony Brown, Owen Donohoe, and Lana Gordon, and Democratic Senator Chris Steineger (PDF).
  2. Rep. Anthony Brown’s (R-Eudora) press release on letter to Kansas Attorney General Steve Six (PDF).

Images, from left to right:  Republican Representatives Anthony Brown, Owen Donohoe, and Lana Gordon, and Democratic Senator Chris Steineger:


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