Kansas City Star editorial on open government, Benjamin Hodge, Terry Calaway, and Steve Howe

What appears to be the print-edition editorial for today, Thursday:  “Kansas’ open meetings law must always be heeded.”

Howe’s opinion leaves a wide hole for school boards, city councils and other boards to conduct public business behind closed doors. That’s not a precedent the district attorney should set.

In his recent advisory, Six noted that Kansas courts have said that public boards must separate matters that are permitted in executive session and those permissible only in open meetings, except to protect the privacy of employees. That wasn’t the case with the community college meeting.

The Kansas Press Association has called upon Howe to reconsider his opinion. We hope he will.

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