TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has outlined a proposal for requiring the disclosure of some private emails from public officials when they deal with government business.
But Schmidt said in a letter Wednesday to the director of the Legislature’s bill-drafting staff that expanding the Kansas Open Records Act is difficult because of free-speech protections for state employees.
Schmidt issued a legal opinion last week saying state employees using private accounts or devices are not covered by the records act. The law requires agencies and other government-funded entities to make their records available to the public.
Schmidt faced criticism for the opinion and said in his letter Wednesday that the law should be revised.
The Kansas Press Association said it would work closely with Schmidt and legislators on a fix.
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