Amye Bensenhaver is joining the Bluegrass Institute team as director of the free-market think tank’s Center for Open Government.
Bensenhaver, winner in 2016 of the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center Award, spent 25 years as an assistant attorney general, during which she wrote nearly 2,000 legal opinions forcing government entities to operate in the open when too many of them preferred to keep questionable – sometimes even corrupt – activities hidden from public view.
Since her retirement in 2016, Bensenhaver has monitored judicial, legislative and administrative developments in the laws and trained local and state government bodies and policymakers throughout the commonwealth in open records and open meetings requirements.
“We are beyond fortunate that Amye wants to continue strengthening governmental transparency in Kentucky by joining with the Bluegrass Institute to head our new Center for Open Government,” Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters said. “Amye’s integrity, experience and unmatched knowledge of Kentucky’s open records and open meetings policies will allow us to fulfill our vision of becoming the nation’s most authoritative, recognized and go-to source for policies protecting and advancing government transparency.”
Bensenhaver will receive a Bluegrass Institute Liberty Award at the organization’s 2017 Legislative Breakfast & Liberty Awards on Thursday, May 25, in the Keeneland Room at Keeneland Racecourse, in Lexington. Information about this event can be found here.