Attorney General: Kentucky House Violated Open Meetings Act

Nov 6, 2017

Credit Kentucky LRC

The Kentucky attorney general's office says the state House of Representatives violated the Open Meetings Act by holding a private meeting to discuss the state's pension systems.

The Bluegrass Institute Center for Open Government filed an open-meetings complaint in response to House members holding a closed-to-the-public meeting in August to discuss a state-funded analysis of the public retirement systems.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Assistant Attorney General Matt James wrote in the opinion released Monday that a quorum of House members were present, so the meeting should have been open.

An attorney for the House had argued that the meeting was for the House majority caucus, with members of the House minority caucus invited as guests. Both entities are exempt from the Open Meetings Act.

The House has 30 days to accept or appeal the ruling.