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Voter Information for the Douglas County Mail-In Ballot

Earth Day 2018

Join us to march in the Earth Day Parade and then register voters in South Park!

Helen Fluker Award 2018: Laura Bauer

Laura Bauer, a Kansas City Star reporter, was the recipient of the annual Helen Fluker Open and Accessible Government Award. Marlene Merrill, co-president, presented the award at the 19th annual Fluker Luncheon March 24 at the Smith Center at Brandon Woods.

Ms. Bauer wrote an article for the Star in January, 2017 about the difficulty in getting open-record requests involving children who had died while in foster care in Kansas. This piece of journalism led to a paperwide five-part investigative series addressing serious concerns with Kansas state government's lack of effectiveness and transparency statewide. She told the attendees Kansas is one of the most difficult states, in her experience, from which information can be obtained, particularly regarding children harmed or killed while in state custody. "Even when copies are reportedly `free,' significant additional charges are added to pay attorneys to review and redact information," she said. Ms Bauer said she continues to work on the topic and expects more articles to follow.

The Star series recently won a Scripps Howard award for Distinguished Service to the First Amendment. And more importantly, "it has prompted swift and extensive changes throughout the state and serves as a model for news organization in other states."

Dues are due!

Have you renewed your dues for the 2018-2019 year? The League year runs from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019. Unless you saw the notices in the Voter, you may not realize it's time to pay!

We need you as an active member! Please check your last newsletter for the renewal form and surprise us by mailing your dues to our mailbox.

If you are not sure whether you have paid for this year, email our treasurer at nobledog @ aol.com and find out. If you are a new member who paid dues after Oct. 1, 2017, just relax--you will be an active member until March 31 of 2019.

Thank you!