Open government seminars set in Pocatello, Idaho Falls

October 15, 2016

The public is invited to attend either of two upcoming free seminars on Idaho’s key open government laws — the Idaho Open Meeting Law and the Idaho Public Records Law — Oct. 19 and 20 in East Idaho, 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 Idahoans for Openness in Government 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. They are free and include refreshments. Because space is limited, attendees are asked to RSVP. The seminars are:

Oct. 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Idaho State University’s Wood Rver Room in the Pond Student Union, 921 W. Eighth Ave. in Pocatello: Co-sponsored by the Idaho State Journal and ISU. RSVP to Courtney Lee at clee@journalnet.com.Oct. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Longfellow Elementary, 2500 S. Higbee Ave. in Idaho Falls. Co-sponsored by the Post Register. RSVP to Monte LaOrange at 542-6795 or mlaorange@postregister.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.

IDOG is a nonprofit 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.