Of course they are "social gatherings" they are the "social gatherings" where Brownback wants to scheme the methodology of his extreme agenda. And that makes them meetings which should be open to the public. If they were just "social gatherings" the Governor would have said something like, "Oh KPERS, yes, when we get back to work on Monday we can schedule a meeting about getting something done. By the way how is the family." But that wasn't close to the conversation reported by the President of the Kansas Senate.
Sam Brownback has tried to sell a lot of crazy ideas to Kansas since becoming Governor. But you don't recall him because he wants to tax the poor and help the rich. You don't recall him because he wants to give wealthy school districts the ability to raise money for their schools and your kids and grandkids don't get squat. You don't recall him for any of his bad ideas. It is politics and he is entitled to have all the bad ideas he wants.
25-4302. Grounds for recall. (a) Grounds for recall are conviction of a felony, misconduct in office or failure to perform duties prescribed by law. No recall submitted to the voters shall be held void because of the insufficiency of the grounds, application, or petition by which the submission was procured.
(b) As used in this section, the term "misconduct in office" means a violation of law by the officer that impacts the officer's ability to perform the official duties of the office.
75-4317. Open meetings declared policy of state; citation of act. (a) In recognition of the fact that a representative government is dependent upon an informed electorate, it is declared to be the policy of this state that meetings for the conduct of governmental affairs and the transaction of governmental business be open to the public.
(b) It is declared hereby to be against the public policy of this state for any such meeting to be adjourned to another time or place in order to subvert the policy of open public meetings as pronounced in subsection (a).
(c) K.S.A. 75-4317 through 75-4320a shall be known and may be cited as the open meetings act.
75-4317a. As used in the open meetings act, "meeting" means any gathering or assembly in person or through the use of a telephone or any other medium for interactive communication by a majority of the membership of a body or agency subject to this act for the purpose of discussing the business or affairs of the body or agency.