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Website launched to promote transparency of state’s boards and commissions

By Secretary of State’s office

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 14, 2017) — In an effort to increase transparency, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Tuesday announced an online portal for information about Kentucky’s boards and commissions.

OpenBoardsKY identityKentucky has nearly 400 separate boards and commissions, among the most of any state.

“The Civic Health Index report released this year by my office found that our citizens have lost trust in institutions like state government,” Grimes said. “The commonwealth’s boards and commissions make policy and enforce regulations affecting topics like business, elections, veteran’s affairs, and everything in between. We owe it to Kentuckians to provide as much information as we can about these bodies, the policies they oversee and the agencies with which they interact.”

OpenBoardsKY.com maintains information relating to the purpose, authority, composition, meeting schedule, and members of all boards and commissions. It also contains lists of current vacancies and upcoming expiring terms.

The portal offers advanced search tools to find information about members’ compensation, if any, a member’s home county, and their original date of appointment.

“Making it easier to engage with government is a hallmark of my administration. Our goal withOpenBoardsKY.com is to add a new level of transparency that facilitates engagement between Kentuckians and policymakers,” said Grimes. “A great deal of credit belongs to the great work of my staff, under the direction of Special Assistant Jacob Ewing, in launching this new portal.”