Mask Mandates (Office of the Governor of Kansas)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Office of the Governor of Kansas of Kansas.
Tracking #

21-35

Multi Request Mask Mandates
Est. Completion Feb. 9, 2022
Status
Fix Required

Communications

From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the The Kansas Open Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Emails, memos, letters, documents and other records discussing or mentioning implemented or proposed mask mandate policies, as well as discussions regarding their expiration or termination between January 1, 2020 and the present.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers in outlets such as Gizmodo, MuckRock, Motherboard, Property of the People, Unicorn Riot, and The Outline, among others. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through non-profits such as the library Internet Archive and the journalist non-profit MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance.

As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Emma North-Best

From: Office of the Governor of Kansas

Good afternoon,

Please see the attached letter outlining our initial response to your KORA request.

Thank you,
Kaydee

Katherine 'Kaydee' Haug │Assistant to the Chief Counsel
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly
300 SW 10th, Room 267-W │ Topeka, Kansas 66612

From: Office of the Governor of Kansas

Good afternoon,

Thank you for following up on your KORA Request. Tomorrow I will check in with the team to determine the status of your request and provide you an updated timeframe.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions.
Thanks,
Kaydee

Katherine ‘Kaydee’ Haug │Assistant to the Chief Counsel
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly

From: Office of the Governor of Kansas

Good afternoon,

We have determined that there is likely to be voluminous records in response to your KORA request as it is. We make all efforts to process your request as quickly as possible. More information is needed to retrieve the records you requested. Please narrow down your request by adding key words and specific dates to search, or any additional information into the specific records you are seeking.

Thank you,

Katherine ‘Kaydee’ Haug │Assistant to the Chief Counsel
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly
300 SW 10th, Room 267-W │ Topeka, Kansas 66612

From: Office of the Governor of Kansas

Good afternoon,

It has been 60 days since our last correspondence and I am following up to inquire if you were able to narrow your request as instructed below. Please respond within the next 60 days otherwise our office will consider this request canceled. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Katherine ‘Kaydee’ Haug │Assistant to the Chief Counsel
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly
300 SW 10th, Room 267-W │ Topeka, Kansas 66612

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