Kansas Bill Sheds Light On Law Enforcement Records

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Supporters say a bill heading to Gov. Sam Brownback's desk will give Kansas residents more information about law enforcement activities and bring the state in line with openness in other states.

The measure would make affidavits used to support arrest warrants and search warrants available to the public, including the media, upon request, ending the practice of keeping the documents sealed from review.

Legislators gave strong support to the bill late Friday as they ended the 2014 session.
Rep. John Rubin, a Shawnee Republican who sponsored the bill, says law enforcement should be held to the same level of accountability and transparency that is expected from every other governmental agency.

The Kansas Press Association fought for the changes to no avail for several decades to open access to the records.

Posted by: Lindsay Sax