The Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA) and the Kansas
Open Records Act (KORA) collectively enforce state governmental accountability
through strict transparency requirements relating to both meetings held and
The Kansas Open Meetings Act, K.S.A. 75-4317 to
75-4320(a), declares that the state's policy is that meetings for the conduct of
governmental affairs and the transaction of governmental business be open to the
public. Meetings refer to any gathering, assembly, telephone call, or any other
means of interactive communication by a majority of a quorum of the membership
of a body or agency subject to the act. see K.S.A. 75-4317(a).
The Kansas Open Records Act,
K.S.A. 45-215 to 45-223, declares that the state's public policy is that public
records shall be open for inspection by any person unless otherwise provided by
the act. A "public record" refers to any recorded information, regardless of
form or characteristics, which is made, maintained, or kept by or is in the
possession of any public agency. see K.S.A. 45-217.
Kansas Open Meetings Act
KOMA Guidelines: The Kansas
Attorney General's Office has issued guidelines specifying KOMA's purpose,
organizations subject to KOMA, the definition of a "meeting" as defined within
the Act, open meeting guidelines and restrictions, executive session
requirements, and KOMA enforcement procedures. To access the KOMA requirements,
KOMA FAQ: The Kansas Attorney
General's Office website contains a list of Frequently Asked Questions relating
to the Kansas Open Meetings Act. To access the list of Frequently Asked
Questions, click here.
Kansas Open Records Act
KORA Guidelines: The Kansas
Attorney General's Office has issued guidelines specifying KORA's purpose,
records and public agencies subject to KORA, records inspection rights,
procedures for obtaining access to or copies of records, records prohibited
uses, and records that are mandatorily or discretionarily closed. To access the
KORA requirements, click here.
The Kansas Attorney General's Office website contains a list of
Frequently Asked Questions relating to the Kansas Open Records Act. To access
the list of Frequently Asked Questions, click here.