With thanks to Jan Alpert and Jan Meisels Allen
The Judicial Administration in Labette County, Kansas recently began redacting some of the marriage information when responding to a request for copy of a marriage certificate. They were challenged as to their authority for making the redactions. It appears that as a result the challenge, the Judicial Administration in Labette County petitioned the Kansas Supreme Court to make the change to Rule 106. The Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies (KCGS) has pointed out that in proposing the change to Rule 106, the court is taking on a legislative function by trying to amend the Kansas Open Records Act. KCGS contacted RPAC for permission to use some of the information we have written on other record access issues. RPAC then worked with KCGS in coordinating our statements to the Court.
Attached is a letter recently sent by the Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies, Inc. to the Kansas Supreme Court. Public comments may be addressed to Publiccomments@kscourts.org until April 12, 2015. Genealogists are encouraged to write.
KCGS letter is here KCGSSupremeCourtResponse.
RPAC letter is here RPAC letter Kansas Supreme Court Rule 106.
IAJGS letter is here IAJGS Letter to KS Supreme Court Re Rule 106.
Genealogists is other states need to be aware that most state legislatures are now in session and legislation or administrative rules could be introduced which restrict access to vital records in your state. If you are facing new legislation contact RPAC at email@example.com for assistance in coordinating the participation and response from both the state and national genealogical organizations.