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Rewrite of KY open records bill is victory for open government, participatory democracy

Posted on AllSides February 20th, 2024
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Kentucky House Republicans, via Facebook

Light appeared at the end of the HB 509 tunnel on Friday as the primary sponsor of the bill — which threatened massive damage to the open records law — agreed to re-tool the bill to omit all changes made by the sections redefining “public record.” Articles published in both the Courier Journal and Lexington Herald-Leader announced Rep. John Hodgson’s decision to “revise” and “overhaul” HB 509, a bill that, among other changes, would have excluded a majority of public records under the expansive nearly five decades-old definition of that...

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