TOPEKA – (April 11, 2016) – The Kansas Attorney General’s Office will offer a free training session on Kansas open records and open meetings laws in Chanute next week, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.
The seminar will be held on Monday, April 18, from 1 – 4 p.m. in the Memorial Building Alliance Room at 101 S. Lincoln Ave. Those wishing to attend should register on the attorney general’s website at www.ag.ks.gov 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, which has included 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.