Everybody understands that in a nation at war certain types of information that might be used by terrorists to do grievous harm to the public must be safeguarded.
For that reason, the Kentucky Press Association, working with House Bill 188's sponsor early in the session, accepted language that seals some things normally in the public record. In the interest of security, some types of information currently covered by the state open's access laws would be protected. Those changes are included in the bill, which deals with homeland security issues and exemptions to the state's open records act.
Now, some legislators plan to use the cover of homeland security to place totally unrelated information off-limits to the public. That's what an amendment to HB 188 to be proposed Monday in the state Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee would do.
The amendment would create exemptions to the opens records act that would guard the secrecy of non-profit organizations holding funds for state government or state universities. That means that the source and use of funds donated to such organizations as university athletic associations or university foundations would be removed from public scrutiny.