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AG Derek Schmidt, Sunshine Coalition to offer free training on open government laws

Release Date: Aug 01, 2018

TOPEKA – (August 1, 2018) – Free training sessions on Kansas open government laws will be offered at four locations this month, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government announced today.

“Open access to the functions of government is important to self-government,” Schmidt said. “As our office investigates complaints of violations of open government laws, most often we find the violations were inadvertent and can be avoided through better education. I encourage public officials, candidates for public office, staff, members of the media and the public to participate in these training sessions to learn more about how these laws work.”

The schedule for the sessions is as follows:

Tuesday, August 21

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Colby High School Auditorium
1890 S. Franklin Ave, Colby

Wednesday, August 22

9 a.m. – Noon

Finney County Public Library, Finnup/Hutchison Rooms
605 E. Walnut St., Garden City

Thursday, August 23

9 a.m. – Noon

Wichita State University, Marcus Welcome Center
1845 Fairmount St., Wichita

Friday, August 24

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Fredonia Public Library, Lafferty Community Meeting Room
807 Jefferson St., Fredonia

 

Additional training sessions in Topeka and Johnson County are being planned and will be announced in the coming weeks.

These seminars are free and open to the public. Space at each location is limited, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants can register on the Kansas Attorney General’s website, www.ag.ks.gov/open-gov, or by calling (785) 296-2215.

The training about the Kansas Open Records Act and the Kansas Open Meetings Act will be conducted by attorneys in Schmidt’s office who have experience in open government laws and who are charged by law with training and enforcement of them. Panelists will include Kansas Sunshine Coalition members, local government officials and media representatives.

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