Archive for September 9th, 2009

Flint Hills Center covers bi-partisan request to Attorney General Steve Six on local governments, open meetings law

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Flint Hills Center:

Brown said about 45 minutes after issuing his press release someone from Leavenworth contacted him with information about similar behavior by commission members. From January 2007 to June 2008 at least two dozen complaints pertaining to executive sessions were filed with the Kansas attorney general’s office or county attorneys.

“I want to see how Steve Six is going to rule on this,” Brown said in the interview. “If he rules that nothing inappropriate is being done or that it’s well within their purview then any future legislation doesn’t seem to be all that necessary – if the chief law enforcement officer isn’t going to back you up on that anyway.”

Ashley Anstaett, director of communications for the attorney general, confirmed Friday that Six’s office will issue an opinion in response to the request signed by Brown and three other legislators: Rep. Owen Donohoe (R-Bonner Springs), Rep. Lana Gordon (R-Topeka) and Sen. Chris Steineger (D-Kansas City).

The attorney general’s office will research the issue and seek comment from interested parties before issuing an opinion, probably in a few weeks, according to Anstaett. Opinions from the Attorney General have the force of law.