Representatives for K-State are speaking out following the controversy that arose from a highly-redacted open records response regarding e-mails discussing the state budget. Vice President for Communications and Marketing at K-State Jeff Morris said the messages, which were sent between Governor Sam Brownback and KSU Institute for Commercialization President Kent Glasscock, are not subject to the open records act per state statute.
“In this case, the discussions were comments that people made during the generation of the Governor’s budget proposal,” said Morris. “The budget proposal is done and then submitted in a public document vetted by everybody.”
Due to the fact that the official proposal is available for examination by the public, the preliminary discussions, such as those between Brownback and Glasscock, are not protected by the open records act.
“There’s a state law that says we don’t have to produce those messages when people are going through that formation process,” Morris said of the redaction.