From around the state: Newspapers address legislature’s attempt to ‘darken’ transparency

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Last week, the House surprised even its own members when Rep. Steven Rudy, chair of the Appropriations and Revenue Committee, brought up House Bill 351 for a vote. The Paducah representative, who is also serving as interim floor leader for the House this session, had mentioned the changes in a late Thursday afternoon meeting of the committee and stated the bill also would allow for cities, counties and other public agencies to post their public notices on the government’s websites instead of publishing in the newspaper.

That action, resulting in a favorable vote by the House and then moved it on to the Senate for consideration, got the attention of newspapers across the state, who editorialized about the quick action and “darkening transparency.”

Here are some of the editorials that appeared in various KPA member newspapers:

https://newzgroup.com/PDFs/3-10/70135-03-08_01005.pdf

From the Kentucky New Era

https://www.kentucky.com/opinion/editorials/article241023341.html

From the Richmond Register

From the Frankfort State Journal

https://www.theandersonnews.com/content/house-delivers-blow-transparency

https://www.jpinews.com/2020/03/09/kentuckys-house-leadership-makes-a-move-of-deception/

https://www.courier-journal.com/story/opinion/editorials/2020/03/09/kentucky-must-keep-public-agencies-accountable-legal-notices/4974925002/

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