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Open government training sessions announced for western, southeast Kansas

Release Date: Mar 15, 2016

TOPEKA – (March 15, 2016) – The Kansas Attorney General’s Office will offer free training sessions on Kansas open records and open meetings laws in Oakley, Cimarron and Chanute next month, Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today.

The schedule for the training sessions is as follows:

Tuesday, April 5

2 – 5 p.m.

Logan County Courthouse
710 W. 2nd Street, Oakley

Wednesday, April 6

9 a.m. – Noon

Gray County Extension Office
17002 W. Highway 50, Cimarron

Monday, April 18

1 – 4 p.m.

Memorial Building, Alliance Room
101 S. Lincoln Avenue, Chanute

Those wishing to attend should register on the attorney general’s website at or call (785) 296-2215.

The attorney general’s office and the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government have provided a week of training about open government laws at locations throughout the state for the past several years. But a new law passed last year by the Legislature places formal responsibility on the attorney general’s office to provide and coordinate training on Kansas open government laws. The law also provided the attorney general’s office with additional authority to investigate and enforce violations of the laws. During this transition, the attorney general’s office is again coordinating a training series with the Sunshine Coalition to include several trainings to be held over the course of the fiscal year that will end June 30, 2016.

“Many violations of the law are unintentional and can be avoided through proper training,” Schmidt said. “As we move toward expanded training opportunities and enforcement required under the new statute, I encourage elected officials, public employees and members of the media and general public to attend these trainings to learn more about what is required under these laws.”

These training sessions about the Kansas Open Records Act and the Kansas Open Meetings Act will be conducted by attorneys in Schmidt’s office who specialize in open government laws. Panelists will include Kansas Sunshine Coalition members, local government officials and media representatives.

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