There was some doubt whether Gov. Sam Brownback would sign a bill that closes a loophole in the state’s open-records act that allowed public officials to use private e-mail accounts to avoid scrutiny. After all, it was the misuse of private e-mail accounts by his administration that brought the issue to light. But good for the governor for signing the bill Wednesday. E-mails by public officials about public business should be public records, regardless of whether they are on a personal device or sent from a private e-mail account. – Phillip Brownlee
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