Changes for open meetings act

The expiration of the state’s emergency declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic also brings an end to temporary provisions of Kansas law regarding open meetings and profiteering put into effect to address the emergency, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said yesterday. First, Schmidt said that the expiration means public bodies and agencies that are subject to the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA) must now allow the public to attend meetings in person. Second, Schmidt noted that operation of a Kansas law regulating the prices of goods and services during a state of disaster emergency will also expire.