Attorney general and Sunshine Coalition to offer free training on open government laws

TOPEKA, Kan. – Free training sessions on Kansas open government laws will be offered at five locations across the state next month, hosted by 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,” 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:

  • Monday, Aug. 15, 1-4 p.m., Jordan Memorial Library, 724 Broadway St., Larned.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 17, 9 a.m.-noon, Mulvane Public Library, 408 N. Second 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.

Information thanks to the Kansas Attorney General’s Office.


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