When The Eagle questioned state budget director Shawn Sullivan about why he used private e-mail accounts to send a draft version of the state budget to some administration officials and others, including two lobbyists, he said it was because they were home for the Christmas holiday. That never made sense, as administration officials should have access to their government e-mail accounts at home. Now The Eagle and the Topeka Capital-Journal have obtained redacted copies of other e-mails from Sullivan that were sent to private accounts and the same lobbyists several weeks before the one The Eagle obtained earlier. Government officials shouldn’t use private e-mails to conduct public business. Because they do, the Legislature needs to make such communications subject to the state’s open-records law. – Phillip Brownlee
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