TOPEKA – (March 16, 2016) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today announced a settlement with the Wellington City Council to resolve a violation of the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA).
In late 2015, the city attorney, on behalf of the Wellington City Council, submitted a self-report of a possible violation of the KOMA to the attorney general’s office. The allegation involved a town hall meeting where a majority of the Wellington City Council met and discussed city business. Upon investigation, the attorney general’s office determined that the city council violated the KOMA by failing to give required notice of the meeting to those individuals who had requested notice.
At the conclusion of the investigation, the attorney general’s office decided to seek voluntary compliance because of the initial self-report of the violation. Additionally, the city council expressed willingness to receive training on the KOMA and willingness to comply with the consent order. Because of this, the attorney general’s office also determined not to impose civil penalties.
A copy of the Consent Order is available at http://ag.ks.gov/open-govt/enforcement-actions . Information about requirements of the KOMA and the KORA can be found at http://ag.ks.gov/open-govt .