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19 Nov

Adams, Stepner, Woltermann & Dusing, PLLC Partners with Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo)

By |November 19th, 2013|Local Government Blogs, News and Updates|

Adams, Stepner, Woltermann & Dusing, PLLC is a proud legal partner of the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) and is committed to its mission in the Commonwealth.  Since 2005 the firm has been a legal partner to KACo and its member counties.  We will be participating in the 2013 KACo Annual Conference & Expo to […]

2 Oct

Adams, Stepner Partners with Kentucky League of Cities

By |October 2nd, 2013|Local Government Blogs, News and Updates|

Adams, Stepner, Woltermann & Dusing, PLLC is a proud legal partner of the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) and is committed to its mission in the Commonwealth.  For the last eleven years, we have been a Cornerstone Partner to KLC and its member cities.  We will be participating in the 2013 KLC Conference & Expo […]

23 Jul

ASWD School Law Attorney Offers Practical Guidance for Settling Special Education Disputes

By |July 23rd, 2013|Local Government Blogs|

The Adams, Stepner, Woltermann & Dusing School Law Practice Group was represented well at the Kentucky Council of School Board Attorneys Summer Meeting on Friday, July 12th. In a presentation entitled “Settling Special Education Disputes: Practical Tips to Avoid the Pitfalls”, Claire E. Parsons shared some of her experiences settling due process litigation arising under […]

28 May

Practical Ramifications Of Hedgepath v. Pelphrey For Deputy Jailers, Supervisors And Jails

By |May 28th, 2013|Local Government Blogs|

Posted by Jennifer L. Langen

The recent case of Hedgepath v. Pelphrey, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Case No. 12-5314, has onerous practical ramifications for deputy jailers, their supervisors, and jails. 

A deputy jailer must be intimately familiar with his jail’s policy regarding the provision of medical care to inmates.  In particular, he must know whether a […]

26 Mar

Where There Is Smoke, There’s Fire: Who Is Responsible For Public Health Regulations

By |March 26th, 2013|Local Government Blogs|

Posted by Mary Ann Stewart

In March, 2011, the Bullitt County Board of Health adopted county-wide regulations prohibiting smoking in workplaces, bars, restaurants, public spaces and certain outdoor areas. This set off a firestorm of controversy, culminating in a lawsuit brought by the Bullitt County Fiscal Court and several Bullitt County cities against the local board […]

6 Mar

What in the World Is a FERPA? A Primer on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (Part IV)

By |March 6th, 2013|Local Government Blogs|

Part IV: How Do Third Parties Get Student Records?
Posted by Claire E. Parsons

FERPA does not outright prohibit educational agencies from disclosing student educational records containing personally identifiable information to third parties, but it does significantly restrict its disclosure.  If the sought after educational records contain personally identifiable information, the records can only be released with […]

20 Feb

What in the World Is a FERPA? A Primer on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (Part III)

By |February 20th, 2013|Local Government Blogs|

Part III: How Does FERPA Affect Schools?
Posted by Claire E. Parsons

The first thing you have to consider when you ask how FERPA affects schools is which schools?  FERPA makes it clear that all schools or school systems are not subject to its requirements.  Instead, FERPA only applies to schools that are considered an “educational agency […]

30 Jan

What in the World Is a FERPA? A Primer on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (Part II)

By |January 30th, 2013|Local Government Blogs|

Part II: The Rights of Parents and Students under FERPA
Posted by Claire E. Parsons

To really understand how FERPA affects government agencies, you need to first consider it from the prospective of the individuals it is designed to protect: parents and students.  Under FERPA, students or the parents of minor students have three distinct rights with […]

16 Jan

What in the World Is a FERPA? A Primer on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

By |January 16th, 2013|Local Government Blogs|

Part I: Introduction
Posted by Claire E. Parsons

In this day and age, Americans are accustomed to the notion that government records — with few exceptions — are available for public inspection upon request.  The Freedom of Information Act, 5 USC 552, et seq., opens records from most federal agencies and, here in Kentucky, the Open Records […]

7 Dec

Raising A (Tif)f About Corporate Incentives Awarded By Local Governments

By |December 7th, 2012|Local Government Blogs|

Posted by Mary Ann Stewart

Recently, the New York Times spent ten months investigating and analyzing tax incentives awarded by hundreds of cities, counties, and states to corporations.  The article questions whether these business incentives really have conferred cognizable benefits to the state and local governments, or whether they have merely caused the governments, and in […]