OLATHE, Kan. (AP) The district attorney for Kansas’ most populous county says government officials are getting in trouble too often for failing to follow the state’s open meeting and public record laws.
That’s why Johnson county District Attorney Steve Howe plans to ask government officials to take a refresher course on the laws.
The Kansas City Star reported that Howe found last week that the city of Mission violated the state open meetings law. The problem there was the mayor purchased a building without council approval.
The city of Gardner also ran afoul of the open meeting law. Now, Howe is investigating allegations that a relative of the Shawnee mayor was picked for a council seat in an illegal meeting.
The high costs being charged to obtain documents is another concern.