Hays Daily News: Larned state hospital drops policy preventing employees from talking to legislators

Sen. Laura Kelly, a Topeka Democrat and an outspoken critic of the agency, said KDADS’ refusal to make Rein available for an interview reflected the agency’s overall culture of secrecy.

“The fact they will not let this guy, who is the superintendent of the facility, speak directly to the press suggests that, no matter what leadership at KDADS says, the intent of this policy is to ensure that employees regardless of rank are not free to talk to the press or legislators,” she said.

Lawmakers of both parties have objected to the policy, which was first reported by the Star last week. The Kansas Organization of State Employees, the union that represents state workers, said restricting employees from talking to lawmakers would violate the state’s whistleblower law.

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