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Kansas officials host free open government laws training sessions

Posted August 9

— Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government announced Tuesday that free training sessions on Kansas open government laws will be offered at five locations across the state in the coming weeks.

"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, 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:

Friday, Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. – Noon at the Leavenworth City Hall, City Commission Room, located at 100 N. Fifth Street, Leavenworth, KS.

Monday, Sept. 11, from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Manhattan Public Library Auditorium, located at 629 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS.

Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Hays Public Library Auditorium, located at 1205 Main Street, Hays, KS.

Thursday, Sept. 14, from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Bradford Memorial Library, located at 611 S. Washington Street, El Dorado, KS.

Friday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. – Noon, at the Memorial Hall Auditorium, located at 120 SW 10th Avenue, Topeka, KS.

The 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, 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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