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Kentucky Records Audit Prompts Quick Reaction

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A statewide public records audit by news organizations in Kentucky found only 59 percent the government agencies surveyed met the state open records law requirements. The audit results were reported Feb. 9-11. The Kentucky House responded by suddenly calling up and passing a bill requiring open government training for public officials. The audit was sponsored by The Kentucky Press Association, whose executive director, David Thompson, is also forming a Kentucky Citizens for Open Government coalition. The Danville Advocate Messenger has posted most of an audit website that summarizes the findings and links to most of the reports around the state. (2/16/05)