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Beshear to expand email requests for public records

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Posted at 6:26 AM, Dec 05, 2019

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — All executive branch state agencies in Kentucky will accept emailed requests for public records to make it easier for people and the media to access information, Gov.-elect Andy Beshear said Wednesday.

Earlier this year, state lawmakers passed a measure paving the way for agencies to voluntarily accept open records requests through email. Not all state agencies have adopted the policy, Beshear’s office said in a news release.

Beshear said the change to accept emailed requests among all agencies will be a priority once he takes office next Tuesday.

“To be an effective, open and responsive state government, we must remove out-of-date and unnecessary hurdles that hinder those needing information from their government,” Beshear said.

Kentuckians can also make records requests in person or via mail or fax.

As attorney general, Beshear changed the open records request process in the AG’s office to accept emails.