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Agency says KCC violated open meetings law

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A state consumer agency is alleging that the Kansas Corporation Commission violated the state's open meeting law when it approved a water rate increase without a public vote.

The Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Board filed a complaint Tuesday over the KCC's decision to allow a private water provider in Salina a total rate increase of $47,231 - a 127 percent increase for customers.

The complaint sent to prosecutors alleges the KCC may have been routinely violating the open meetings law for the last four years by using a practice called "pink sheeting" to make decisions without a public meeting.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/119zkPb ) the corporation commission's lawyers said the commission uses pink sheeting to approve orders when it's inconvenient for the three commissioners to get together for a meeting.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com