Free training sessions on Kansas open government laws will be offered at five locations across the state next month, according to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government .
Open access to the functions of government is important to self-government.
“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.,” Schmidt said. “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:
Monday, Aug.15
1 – 4 p.m.
Jordaan Memorial Library
724 Broadway St., Larned
Wednesday, Aug. 17
9 a.m. – Noon
Mulvane Public Library
408 N 2nd Ave., Mulvane
Friday, Aug. 19
9 a.m. – Noon
Memorial Hall Auditorium
120 SW 10th Ave., Topeka
Tuesday, Aug. 23
1 – 4 p.m.
Cloud County Community College
President’s Addition,
Room 257
2221 Campus Dr., Concordia
Wednesday, Aug. 24
9 a.m. – Noon
Johnson County Administration Building
Lower Level Conference Center, Room 200
111 S. Cherry St., Olathe
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 specialize in open government laws. Panelists will include Kansas Sunshine Coalition members, local government officials and media representatives.