Topeka–Governor Jeff Colyer issues Executive Order regarding a change to charging for copies of open records.

The full text of the order is below:

EXECUTIVE ORDER 18-05

Open Records Copy Charges

WHEREAS, the public has a strong interest in openness and transparency in the conduct of government; and

WHEREAS, the Kansas Open Records Act provides the legal framework for openness and transparency in the maintenance of government documents and records for the State of Kansas; and

WHEREAS, the public interest in openness and transparency, and compliance with the Kansas Open Records Act, must be balanced with the cost to the state of responding to open records requests seeking large volumes of materials.

NOW THEREFORE, pursuant to the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Kansas, I hereby order as follows:

1. The Office of the Governor and all Executive Branch departments, agencies, boards, and commissions under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Governor shall not assess any charge or fee for the copying of documents responsive to an open records request made by any resident of Kansas under the Kansas Open Records Act, up to and including the first one hundred (100) pages of such documents. All residents of Kansas making such a request shall be informed of this policy in the initial response to their request.

2. This Order is intended to supplement existing laws and regulations concerning the Kansas Open Records Act, and shall not be interpreted to in any way diminish such laws and regulations.

3. Persons seeking to report violations of this Order, or guidance regarding the application or interpretation of this Order, may contact the Office of the Governor regarding such matters.

This document shall be filed with the Secretary of State as Executive Order No. 18-05 and shall become effective immediately.