Files open records request
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 28, 2016) — Greg Stumbo, Democratic speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives, today filed an open records lawsuit against Gov. Matt Bevin for refusing to release 13 pages of emails about a canceled road project in Jessamine County, LEX18 is reporting. Bevin’s administration said the road project has been delayed, not canceled.
Last week Bevin released some emails, but said 13 pages of records were exempt from being disclosed. Stumbo said all of the emails should be made public.
Stumbo said in a press release received by LEX18: “The governor has released selected emails to the public while refusing to be transparent in open-records requests to release all emails relating to the East Brannon Road project. As a former Attorney General who issued opinions concerning the Open Records law, I don’t believe you can release portions of emails while claiming the remaining are privileged from disclosure. The Open Records Act and the people the commonwealth require that the governor be transparent in the commonwealth’s business dealings.”
Stumbo, who has previously brought up the idea of impeaching Bevin, earlier this month appointed a special committee to investigate if Bevin’s administration stopped the project in retaliation to Stumbo’s claim that Bevin suggested he switch political parties.