KCC drops controversial approval process

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Corporation Commission is indefinitely abandoning a decision process after being sued for using it.

The practice, called “pink sheeting,” allowed the three commission members to register their opinions on issues individually without having a meeting. It’s named for the color of the sheets commissioners use to record their opinions.

Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor has sued the commission and its members, alleging the practice violates the state’s open meetings law, which requires government bodies to make decisions in public.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/125t7jX ) the commission voted Wednesday to suspend the practice.

The vote came a day after commissioners asked the attorney general’s office to defend it against the lawsuit, and to assess the agency’s open meetings practices.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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