Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on June 24, 1976 · Page 4
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Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas · Page 4

Garden City, Kansas
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Thursday, June 24, 1976
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Would Put Teeth in State Opening Meeting Law TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Representatives of the news media urged an interim legislative committee Wednesday to consider strengthening the state's four- year-old open meetings law. They said many school boards and other units of local government are circumventing the spirit of the law by transacting virtually all their business in "executive session," in what many reporters consider a loophole in the law. One of the witnesses,' William J. Redlin of Lawrence, praised the legislature as having "one of the most open atmospheres to be found in any state capitol in the country." Redlin, chairman of the freedom of information committee of the Kansas Associated Press Broadcasters organization, said he hopes the local units of government will follow the legislature's lead in being open, but if they don't that the special Federal and State Affairs Committee's consideration of changing the law "will serve as ample warning." Redlin said a March 1976 survey of reporters whose radio and television stations are A.P. members Showed the bulk of their conflicts occur with school boards, city and county commissions, and the councils and boards that are sub-groups of those commissions." Many reporters believe the 'executive session' provision of the current law is being used as a cover to avoid public discussion of local controversy," Redlin said. He urged clearer definitions in the law of what constitutes an executive session and "binding fiction" by a public body. Ted Anderson, editor of the Leavenworth Times, told of his newspaper's problems in covering meetings of Unified School District 458's board meetings. He said the paper's attorney has advised the only way it can bring legal action is to learn what goes on in executive sessions, to prove whether items were acted upon, but the paper can't cover the sessions to find out. The law becomes worthless if so circumvented, Anderson said. He said (he Leavenworth School Board's policy seems to be "to conduct virtually every piece of business in executive session." Anderson recommended strengthening the law by putting in the act a list of items which can't be permitted to be discussed in executive session, by providing a method for private citizens to demand compliance with the act, to make clear the procedure for advance notice of public meetings, and to establish adequate enforcement penalities. Murrel Bland, who publishes weeklies in Lansing and Wyandotte County, represented the Kansas Press Association. He said Kansas has one of the strongest open meeting laws in the nation because it has a penalty provision, but said the so- called "executive study session" is being exploited by local units of government to close its meetings. Roger N. Wilson, statehouse reporter for the WIBW stations of Topeka, outlined to the committee a proposed revision of the law which was initiated by the Wichita- chapter of Sigma Delta Chi, professional journalistic society. That draft revision includes Page 2 -v Garden City Telegram Thursday, June 24,1976 . .• • • a definition of„what constitues a public meeting, defines what is meant by binding action, and would require official notices of meetings to go to the news media. Chas. E. Staley 408N,5thSt. Ph. 275-5133 for Fire Extinguishers and Service BEST SERVICE IN THE WEST Irregularity Fires Doubts of Economy Status THE MINI CLUB Presents The Oklahoma Sunshine Through Popular Demand Wed., Thurs., Fit, & Sat. JUNE 23, 24, 25, ft 26 Members & Guests By JOHN CUNNIFF AP Business Analyst NEW YORK (AP) — At mid-year the economy continues to move ahead, at least as measured by the popular indicators, but with an irregularity and inconsistency that provokes doubts from time to time. Alan Greenspan, chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, recently raised his forecast of real growth for the year to 7 per Friday, Sat, Sun. - June 25, 26, & 27 HAMBURGERS Reg. 35« For Instant Service or Carry Out c«U 276-7977 BUZZ INN 1203 E. Fulton BUZZ. "WeLuvKids" cent, a significant increase of about 1 per cent over earlier forecasts. Although private forecasts tend to be a bit lower than Greenspan's, he is not alone by any means. The Wharton Econometric forecast, issued this month, foresees a rise in Gross National Product of 6.6 per cent for 1976. But while assurances of-this sort circulate, the presence of relatively high rates of interest, inflation and unemployment prevent any euphoria. A poor housing market and a stalled stock market add to the insecurity. A prominent broker recently issued an analysis that was remarkable in its simple conclusion: Perhaps the inability of the stock market to move ahead is a reliable forecast of an economy that will find progress difficult. Some consumers apparently feel that way. After a surge of retail buying, earlier this year they have settled back into a wait and see attitude, made hesitant by the reappearance of some hefty price increases. The surveys of consumer sentiment pretty well document the likely attitude of shoppers if inflation threatens to get much worse: They will simply stop buying. They are not eager to go through it all over again. What certainly must bother a great number of Americans is the continued presence of old problems and the inability of anyone to do much about them. • Housing is a perfect case. The industry has had very little success in'curbing rising prices, which now have put home ownership . far beyond the ability of many middle- class couples. 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