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KCC Violated Open Meeting Law In Salina Case

Associated Press - November 8, 2013 2:51 pm

Kansas regulators can't yet agree on how much to increase Kansas City Power & Light Co.'s annual rates.

Kansas regulators can't yet agree on how much to increase Kansas City Power & Light Co.'s annual rates.

A Shawnee County District Court has fined the Kansas Corporation Commission for violating the Kansas open meetings law.

Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor said Friday the court fined the KCC $500, which is the maximum allowed.

The court also ordered the KCC to stop using “notational voting,” which is when staff meet individually with the three KCC members to secure their opinions before writing a public order.

Taylor says the decision ends the litigation he pursued against the KCC after receiving a complaint from the Citizen Utility Rate Payer Board.

Taylor says during the litigation, the KCC acknowledged a technical violation of KOMA when two commissioners met during a notational voting process while considering a rate request for a Saline County water district.

Associated Press information from: The Topeka Capital-Journal

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