Under Kansas law, citizens have the right to observe public meetings and access public records. The Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA) and the Kansas Open Records Act (KORA) outline which meetings and records are open to the public.
Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA)
Requests for public meeting notification are handled in accordance with the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA) K.S.A. 75-4317 et seq. and K.S.A. 2016 Supp. 75-4318(b)(3). Notices include the time, date, and place of each public meeting, and will be provided for, but are not limited to, the following public meetings:
- City Council – Regular and Special Meetings and Work Sessions
- Airport Advisory Board
- Board of Building Trades
- Convention and Tourism Board
- Economic Development Board
- Housing Authority
- Insurance Board
- Library Board
- Main Street Design Committee
- Park Board
- Planning Commission
- Any Ad-Hoc Committees created by the City Council
To receive notices of public meetings, submit the request form to the City Clerk’s office.
Kansas Open Records Act (KORA)
Requests for open records are handled in accordance with the Kansas Open Records Act (KORA). According to the Kansas Attorney General’s office, public records are records made, maintained, created, or possessed by a public agency. They may be in any form, including electronic storage. The content of records varies widely; some track the routine activities of government while others contain personal information about citizens and businesses.
Request open records through the City Clerk’s office.