Upcoming training sessions on open government offered by Kansas attorney general

School board members and other education advocates can participate in free training sessions offered by the Kansas attorney general’s office on state open government laws.

“Open access to the functions of government is important to self-government,” Attorney General Derek 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, staff, members of the media and the public to participate in these training sessions to learn more about how these laws work.”

Here is the schedule for the remaining sessions:

Mon. Sept. 11
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Manhattan Public Library, 629 Poyntz Ave.
Tue. Sept. 12
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Hays Public Library Auditorium, 1205 Main St.
Thur. Sept. 14
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Bradford Memorial Library, 611 S. Washington St. in El Dorado
Fri. Oct. 6
9 a.m. to noon at Memorial Hall Auditorium, 120 W. 10th in Topeka.

The sessions are free and open to the public, although 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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