LOUISA, Ky. — LC Attorney Johnny Osborne has agreed today, Wednesday, August 2, 2023 with Thelevisalazer.com that the LC Judges Office will NOW CONFORM TO THE LAW, and provide thelevisalazer.com ALL notices of all ‘Special Meetings’ with The Lawrence County Fiscal Court.
Thelevisalazer.com/Mark Grayson Owner, filed a request, at the LC Clerk’s Office for all notices of Special Meetings by the LC Fiscal Court to be sent to the Lazer which the law requires (This is the Kentucky State Law KRS 61 that Phil Carter was not conforming to.)
“…(4) (a) As soon as possible, written notice shall be
delivered personally, transmitted by facsimile machine, or
mailed to every member of the public agency as well as
each media organization which has filed a written
request, including a mailing address, to receive notice of
special meetings. The notice shall be calculated so that it
shall be received at least twenty-four (24) hours before
the special meeting. The public agency may periodically,
but no more often than once in a calendar year, inform
media organizations that they will have to submit a new
written request or no longer receive written notice of
special meetings until a new written request is filed.
After four plus years of amicable relations with thelevisalazer.com, Carter suddenly turned hostile and told office personnel to not send anything to The Lazer, including meetings notices. Because of that thelevisalazer.com missed two special meetings and has not received minutes, either. Issues such as who the new library board member will be, and how much the county has received from the Opioid settlement may have been discussed.
Matt Blackburn, who started working at the LC Judge’s office a few months ago and has very little experience, told Lazer publisher Mark Grayson that LC judge Phil Carter said to only send the special meeting notices to the Big Sandy News and post to the bulletin board inside the courthouse publicly.
But the law says Carter and Blackburn are dead wrong and Osborne’s letter today spells it out. Problem is, the letter is not completely truthful. This reporter was not present at the two special meetings because I did not know about them and Mr. Osborne knows it in his heart of hearts.
“We are happy that Mr. Osborne has decided to correct the situation and send all applicable materials to thelevisalazer.com in the future,” Lazer Publisher Mark Grayson said. “That’s all we asked for in our complaint to AG Cameron.”
Grayson filed a complaint to Cameron and was quickly given a response which said the matter would be considered by August 10, and gave the county three days to respond.
The Lazer received an email from Osborne today, It was Osborne’s response to the Ky Attorney General Daniel Cameron for not conforming to KRS 61. The wrong conduct of the LC Judges Office’s will not be adhered to. Here is the letter and our response to it…
Mr. Osborne is grossly mistaken.
He knows in his heart of hearts that Susan Salyer was not in attendance at those meetings because we didn’t know about them.
I also asked for the minutes of all three special meetings in question and have not received them. I believe Mr. Osborne is attempting to cover for a very serious mistake since Freedom of Speech and of the Press is guaranteed in the Bill of Rights of our Constitution and is the bulwark against tyranny in all levels of government.
This is not something to take with a poof!