Open government seminars set in North Idaho

From IDOG

The public is invited to attend an upcoming free seminar on Idaho’s key open government laws – the Idaho Open Meeting Law and the Idaho Public Records Law – on May 29 in Moscow or Lewiston, or May 30 in Coeur d’Alene, led by Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden.

It’s a chance to learn what is covered by these important laws and how to comply, 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, public officials, reporters, editors and photographers from all media, and interested citizens all are invited.

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. Admission is free; because space is limited, attendees are asked to RSVP:

  • Tues. May 29 – MOSCOW – Co-sponsored by the Moscow-Pullman Daily News
    Moscow City Hall, Council Chambers, 206 E. Third St. ~ 1 pm
    RSVP to Devin Rokyta, (208) 882-5561 ext. 4637 or drokyta@dnews.com
  • Tues. May 29 – LEWISTON – Co-sponsored by the Lewiston Tribune and LCSC
    Lewis-Clark State College, Sacajawea Hall, 4 th St. & 7 th Ave. ~ 6 pm
    RSVP to A.L. “Butch” Alford Jr. (208) 848-2250 or alajr@lmtribune.com
  • Wed. May 30 – COEUR D’ALENE – Co-sponsored by The Coeur d’Alene Press,
    Coeur d’Alene Resort, Bay 4, 115 S. 2 nd St. ~ 1 pm
    RSVP to Holly Paszczynska, (208) 664-8176 ext. 2016 or hollyp@cdapress.com

IDOG and Wasden have been holding these sessions around the state since 2004. They are funded in part by grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation through the National Freedom of Information Coalition, the Best of the West Foundation, and the Idaho Media Project at Boise State University. Next year’s sessions will be in the Treasure Valley.

IDOG is a non-profit coalition for open government whose mission is to promote open government and freedom of information. There’s more information, plus an online “User’s Guide” to Idaho’s open government laws, available at IDOG’s website, www.openidaho.org.

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