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Kentucky lawmakers scale back proposal to shield more public records from disclosure

Open government proponents warned House Bill 509 would “eviscerate” state public records law. They say a new version is better but still has problems.

Kentucky lawmakers reduced the scope of a proposal that originally could have eliminated citizens’ access to many types of government documents.

House Bill 509 would’ve redefined the concept of “public records” in a narrower way, which critics said would block citizens’ access to a wide array of documents they’re allowed to review under current state law.

It doesn’t do that anymore — a change welcomed by the Kentucky Press Association and the Kentucky Open Government Coalition, which voiced huge concerns with the original bill.

However, the new version of HB 509 would exempt information on government officials’ personal phones and private email accounts from disclosure.

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