Complaint filed in Kansas Senate chamber closure

June 01, 2019 - 8:34 am

The Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government has filed a formal complaint about the closure of the Senate chamber to media while business was being conducted on Wednesday.
Ron Keefover with the Coalition says the fact that demonstrators were not willingly leaving the gallery was not enough reason to allow for its closure.

"Media are never barred from being present when there's civil disobedience.  They might be confined to an area but in my long history, I've never seen the media be actually excluded from a public event, particularly government, such as this", he said.

Keefover notes that if the Senate had gaveled out, they could have followed the Open Meetings Act, though he argues that media should still have been allowed to cover the arrests as they occurred.

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