Lawmakers Approve Separate Sunshine Bills

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh

The Kentucky General Assembly appears poised to approve legislation requiring keener oversight of two organizations that serve cities and counties around the state.

After state audits found lax oversight and questionable spending by the Kentucky Association of Counties and the Kentucky League of Cities, lawmakers clamored to place both organizations under state sunshine laws.

Legislation to accomplish the goal, sponsored by Rep. Arnold Simpson, now has unanimous House approval.

“What this bill does,” says Simpson, “it really treats them like a government, even though it’s an affiliation of government. One of which, it forces them to comply with the terms of the Open Records Law. That’s very, very pivotal. That gives any member of the public the right to request documentation.”

Similar legislation, sponsored by Sen. Damon Thayer of Georgetown, has Senate approval, so the two men will now sit down and decide how best to proceed.