Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes launches "transparency portal"

03/14/2017 02:47 PM

Kentucky’s Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced the launch of a website providing information on Kentucky’s boards and commissions on Tuesday.

The launch of the transparency portal comes after a recent Civic Health Index report, released from the Secretary of State’s Office, found that citizens have lost trust in institutions like state government. In a press release, Grimes said that she was committed to engaging voters and rebuilding trust between government and constituents.

“My office is committed to rebuilding the trust needed to be a government by and for the people,” Grimes said.

According the release, there are almost 400 separate boards and commissions in Kentucky, and those boards enforce regulations that impact businesses, elections, veteran’s affairs and much more.

“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” Grimes said.

OpenBoardsKY.com has information about a board or commission’s purpose, authority, composition, meeting schedule, members of a board or commission, current vacancies and upcoming expiring terms. The website offers advanced search tools to find information about members home county, their original date of appointment and their compensation, if any.

The website is maintained using information from the Executive Journal.

Madeline Janicki

Madeline is a producer for Spectrum News. You can watch her work on Pure Politics, the only statewide nightly show dedicated solely to Kentucky Politics. Madeline is an Indiana native and received her degree in Communications from Indiana University. Her background is as a news producer but her passion for civic engagement and drive to bring voters information on issues that impact their lives brought her to Pure Politics. Here she gets to work on projects like her multi-part digital series on how the national group Teach For America is working in Eastern Kentucky Schools. If you have a story idea, email her at Madeline.Janicki@charter.com.

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