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Bill to Open Kansas Police Records Advances

Associated Press - February 27, 2014 12:49 pm

The Kansas House has given first-round approval to a bill to make police documents explaining the reasons behind arrests open to the public. It would also make affidavits justifying search warrants open to the parties involved.

Legislators advanced the bill Thursday, moving Kansas a step closer to changing what police records remain sealed.

As written, individuals whose homes are searched would have 30 days to request documentation explaining the reason for the search. Kansas is one of the few states that seal probable-cause affidavits. Neighboring Missouri does not.

Prosecutors have objected to the bill, saying it could cost additional time and money for their offices, as well as potentially hindering criminal investigations.

Supporters say the bill provides more accountability and transparency in government.

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