Attorney General Drew Edmondson will be in Miami next week to present a free seminar on the state's Open Records and Open Meeting acts.
Edmondson, along with the Oklahoma Press Association, Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation and Freedom of Information Oklahoma will present the program 1 p.m. Thursday at the Miami Civic Center. It is one in a series progressing across the state.
The seminars are designed to answer questions concerning the state's open meeting and records laws and inform elected or appointed officials about their responsibility under the acts. Edmondson will also discuss requirements on access to public records and the conduct of public meetings.
“We have found in the past that government and school officials want to comply with the law, but there is some uncertainty about how to do that,” Edmondson said. “These seminars provide a thorough review of the law and allow participants to ask questions about its practical application.”
Assistant Attorney General Gay Tudor will assist Edmondson in presenting the seminars.
The seminars are free of charge and open to the public. No reservations are required.
This is the fifth time Edmondson's office has traveled the state in an effort to educate Oklahomans about openness laws. Previous seminars were held in 1998, 2001, 2003 and 2005.
The Open Meetings and Open Records Acts are designed to bring government closer to people and to allow the actions of public bodies maximum access and input from their constituents.
“Government operates best when it is done in the full purview of the people it represents,” Edmondson said. “We are pleased to again work with the Oklahoma Press Association, the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation and FOI Oklahoma to promote government the way we think it should be - open and accountable.”