Most records maintained by public entities are open for inspection and/or copying by individuals. Commonly requested records include:
Minutes from open meetings
Property ownership information & maps
Salaries of county employees & public officials
Tax statements & payments
The Kansas Open Records Act recognizes that some records contain information that is private in nature. For this reason, the Act lists a number of exceptions. Records that are closed for this reason may include:
Criminal investigation records
Medical treatment records
Military Discharges and related military documents
Notes and preliminary drafts
Personnel information of public employees
Records containing personal information compiled for Census purposes
Records which are protected by the attorney-client privilege or the rules of evidence
Several other specific records
For a complete listing of exemptions, see K.S.A. 45-221.
An agency is only required to provide public records that already exist. KORA does not require an agency to create a record upon request. KORA does not require an agency to interpret or analyze records, or to prepare custom reports. KORA stands for Kansas Open Records Act.