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Resource ID: #15983
Subject: Public Records
Source: Eagle (Wichita, Kan.)
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Date: Nov. 20-21, 26

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"The project tested access to public records and compliance with Kansas Open Records Act in all 105 Kansas Counties. Requested were county commission minutes, city bills approved for payments, high school coaches' total compensation and standard offense reports from county sheriffs. Of 420 requests, 35 were denied outright. About a third of the denials were by sheriff's offices. Eight percent of all requests were partially filled; for example, visitors were allowed to look at a document but not copy it, or were given salary numbers on a Post-It note instead of the document describing the salary's structure. But more than half of all agencies pressed their visitors for information on their employers and their reason for requesting the document - information not required by law. Visitors to sheriff's offices were generally greeted with suspicion, and occasionally with hostility. "

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