Gem State Roundup

Want to know more about Idaho’s public records and open meeting laws? This seminar can help.

By: - December 8, 2021 3:28 am
Idaho Capitol Building

Idaho State Capitol building on March 23, 2021. (Otto Kitsinger for Idaho Capital Sun)

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and the group Idahoans for Openness in Government invite elected officials, government staff, reporters and members of the public to attend an online seminar focused on public records and open meetings.

The virtual event will be streamed 2-4 p.m. (Mountain time) Jan. 5 on YouTube. The seminar will also be archived on YouTube for those who cannot attend the training live, according to a press release from the AG’s office.

Wasden, Chief Deputy Attorney General Brian Kane and IDOG President Betsy Russell will serve as panelists. The seminar is a continuation of the 50 open government trainings Wasden has hosted with IDOG since 2004, according to the release.

“The COVID-19 pandemic sidelined our in-person trainings the last two years, so we’re overdue to talk to Idahoans about government transparency,” Wasden said. “I often hear from constituents who have questions about Idaho’s open meetings and public records laws, and I know there are a lot of new public officials and reporters who are navigating these waters for the first time. The virtual seminar is a good way to address this demand statewide.”

The event is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about Idaho’s open meetings and public records laws. Those interested in attending can register online. Questions can be emailed during the event to [email protected].

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Christina Lords
Christina Lords

Christina Lords is the editor-in-chief of the Idaho Capital Sun and has been a professional journalist covering local and state government since graduating from the University of Idaho in 2009. A Pocatello native, Lords is a fifth-generation Idahoan who served as a reporter at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News and the Post Register in Idaho Falls and served as assistant editor for the Idaho Press in Nampa. She also led the Idaho Statesman in Boise for two years before turning to nonprofit journalism.