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

TOPEKA, Kan. – Free training sessions on Kansas open government laws will be offered next month in Topeka and Johnson County, the Kansas Attorney General’s Office and the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government have announced.

“Open access to the functions of government is important to self-government,” said Attorney General Derrick 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 sessions will be held at 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Johnson County Public Library, Monticello Library, 22435 W. 66th St., Shawnee, Kan.; and 9 a.m-12 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Memorial Hall Auditorium, 120 SW 10th Ave., Topeka, Kan.

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 the Attorney General’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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