The Kansas Open Records Act allows anyone to obtain copies of public records unless specified by legal authorities. In order to make a records request, citizens must submit a request to the specific agency that has the records they are pursuing. This is a template form for requesting public records in Kansas with the Kansas Open Records Act.
Name of State Act:
Open Records Act
Records disclosed by federal law, medical/psychiatric records, personnel records, letters of recommendation, private donations to museums/libraries/archives, testing/examination materials, criminal investigation records, software programs
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We have curated some of the most commonly asked questions for you.
Are all records subject to the KORA?
No. Only public records are subject to the KORA.
What is a public record?
Public records are records made, maintained, created or possessed by a public agency - that is to say some branch of the state or local government. See section B for a discussion on what groups are public agencies.
Are records possessed by a private person, group or company subject to the KORA?
No. Records solely possessed by private entities, persons or groups are not subject to the KORA.
Is the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) the same as the KORA?
No. The FOIA is the federal law that applies to records possessed by agencies and branches of the federal government. The FOIA and the KORA are different laws that have similar provisions, but are not exactly the same.
What is the purpose of the KORA?
To allow the public to see or get copies of public records. It is the public policy of Kansas that "public records shall be open for inspection by any person unless otherwise provided, and this act shall be liberally construed and applied to promote such policy." K.S.A. 45-216(a). See also Cypress Media, Inc. v. City of Overland Park, 268 Kan. 407, Syl. ¶ 3 (2000). "The burden of proving an exemption from disclosure is on the agency not disclosing the information." State Dept. of SRS v. Public Employee Relations Board, 249 Kan. 163, 170 (1991).
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