Kimberly Winn, deputy director of the League of Kansas Municipalities, gave an overview of the Kansas Open Meetings Act to the three KCC commissioners and some staff attorneys Wednesday afternoon.
Staff members can meet with the commissioners to get their input on an issue, Winn
said, but they can't engage in "vote collecting" outside an open meeting under a 2008 law.
Cases haven't established the exact parameters of what they can and can't discuss, but staff members sharing one commissioner's thoughts with another to establish consensus outside an open meeting probably would be a violation, she
"When you are using a staff member or a piece of paper to go person to person to show where the votes are, I think that's still vote collecting," she said.
KOMA doesn't apply when agencies are exercising quasi-judicial functions, Winn
said, using the example that a city is performing a legislative function when it sets zoning policy, but performing a judicial function when it determines if a property is in compliance with zoning.
The case law isn't entirely clear, however, on what KCC functions would fall outside KOMA.
"I think you draw the best line you can draw and go forward," she