By TOM LATEK, Kentucky Today
FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) —Gov.-elect Andy Beshear says his administration will take advantage of a change in state law made earlier this year, that allows requests for public records from executive branch state government agencies to be made via email.
In announcing the policy on Wednesday, Beshear says this will make it easier for Kentuckians and the media to interact with their government, although they can still make requests in person or via mail or fax if they prefer.
“To be an effective, open and responsive state government, we must remove out-of-date and unnecessary hurdles that hinder those needing information from their government,” Beshear said. “In this first step, we are signaling to Kentuckians that we are committed to making sure government is truly serving the people.”
Earlier this year, the General Assembly passed a bill, with unanimous votes in both the House and Senate, that paved the way for agencies to voluntarily accept open records requests via email, but not all state agencies have adopted the policy.
Beshear said the change will be a priority for any remaining agencies to remedy as soon as possible once his term begins and that his administration will continue to work to make the process consistent.
In addition to focusing on protecting health care, creating good-paying jobs, protecting pensions and supporting public education, Beshear says his administration will be committed to creating a helpful and positive tone in Frankfort and making sure state government and the Capitol are always open.
Beshear said part of setting a positive tone is letting Kentuckians know their voices matter and that he looks forward to hearing from all sides on every issue in order to make sure the decisions being made are what is best for Kentucky families.
Beshear and Lt. Gov.-elect Jacqueline Coleman will be publicly sworn into office at the front of the Capitol on Tuesday.