Private email use by officials prompts action in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s use of personal email during her time in office is drawing attention to the issue of officials conducting public business on private email accounts and citizen access to those communications.

The city of Louisville recently had its own controversy over the use of private email accounts by officials. It came to light when a former city employee said sewer district officials were skirting open records laws by using private email and text messaging. Mayor Greg Fischer later declared that all persons serving on a board or commission to be given an email address for communicating about city business.

First Amendment lawyer John Fleischaker says as public business is increasingly conducted over email and mobile devices, the threat to transparency and public access grows.

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