The early 1970s ushered into Kentucky a push to bring about statutory changes that would open up state and local government to more effective public oversight. Prior to that time, Congress had enacted the federal Freedom of Information Act, and numerous states had followed suit with similar laws. Kentucky, however, had not codified the public's right to review governmental records. In the wake of the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal, Kentucky's newspaper editors and publishers, working through the Kentucky Press Association, began to actively lobby the Kentucky General Assembly to bring more transparency to Kentucky government.