Four open records, open meeting law seminars set this month

The public is invited to attend any of four upcoming free seminars on Idaho’s key open government laws – the Idaho Open Meeting Law and the Idaho Public Records Law – Oct. 14-17 in the Wood River Valley, the Magic Valley and eastern Idaho, led by Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden.

It’s a chance to learn what is covered – and what is not – by these important laws, in a fun and accessible format. Presenters in addition to Wasden will include Deputy Attorney General Brian Kane and IDOG President Betsy Russell. Government agency employees, reporters from all media, and interested citizens all are invited.

The seminars all will start at 6 p.m. These sessions are recommended by the Office of the Attorney General, the Association of Idaho Cities, the Idaho Association of Counties and the Idaho Press Club. The sessions are free and include refreshments; because space is limited, attendees are asked to RSVP.

Here are the four specific locations and RSVP information:

MON. Oct. 14, HAILEY – Co-sponsored by the Idaho Mountain Express
Old County Courthouse, 201 2nd Ave S., Hailey ~ 6 pm
RSVP to Allison Kindred, or (208) 726-8060, ext. 117

TUES. Oct. 15 – TWIN FALLS – Co-sponsored by the Times-News
Twin Falls Center for the Arts Auditorium, 195 River Vista Place ~ 6 pm
RSVP to Autumn Agar, or (208) 735-3255

WED. Oct. 16 – FORT HALL – Co-sponsored by the Blackfoot Morning News, the Idaho State Journal, and the Post Register
Sho-Ban Hotel & Event Center, I-15 Exit 80, Fort Hall ~ 6 pm
RSVP to Leonard Martin, (208) 785-1100 or

THURS. Oct. 17 – REXBURG – Co-sponsored by Standard Journal & Post Register
Conference room at the Development Center, 343 East 4th North, 2nd floor ~ 6 pm
RSVP to Matt Eichner,, or (208) 356-5441

IDOG and Attorney General Wasden have been holding these sessions around the state since 2004; most recently, seminars were held last winter in Boise, Payette and Nampa. The Hailey seminar will be the 27th since they began; they are funded in part by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation through the National Freedom of Information Coalition.

IDOG is a non-profit coalition for open government whose mission is to promote open government and freedom of information.


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