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UK At Odds With Attorney General Over Open Records Request

Josh James

The Kentucky attorney general's office has ruled that the University of Kentucky violated state law when it denied a request for details of a committee's meetings.

Attorney General Andy Beshear's office determined on May 19 that the UK HealthCare Compensation Planning Committee failed to conduct "an adequate search for requested meeting minutes." The attorney general had asked for the search method the cabinet used to locate records in response to a request by a newspaper.

UK General Counsel William Thro's previously argued the attorney general isn't authorized to review a denial of records based on their stated nonexistence. The attorney general's office rejected Thro's argument.

UK officials have not yet decided if they will appeal. In a statement to WUKY, university spokesman Jay Blanton said, “The University is reviewing the determination that a non-policy making advisory committee is a public agency, but UK cannot turn over records that do not exist.”