Gov. Jeff Colyer signed executive orders designed to promote executive branch transparency Thursday that eliminate fees for documents sought under the Kansas Open Records Act and require employees in the governor’s office to use official email accounts to perform state business.

Colyer, who law week replaced Gov. Sam Brownback, followed through on a promise made Wednesday in a speech to the House and Senate that he would endorse an order mandating that each Cabinet agency publicly disclose statistics relevant to critical functions of each agency.

He also signed an order establishing a centralized website to track public meetings and minutes of executive branch agencies, boards and commissions.

“These executive orders are a great first step towards increasing transparency and renewing public confidence in their government,” said Colyer, who is seeking the Republican nomination for governor in August. “Transparency is the key to better accountability.”

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