Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Open Government training to avoid a Train Wreck

It appears the School Board is not the only government agency that has problems with the Open Government and Public Information laws. To quote from the AG's website;

"Attorney General Greg Abbott called on the 79th Texas Legislature to enact legislation to require public officials to obtain open government training in an effort to promote openness and increase compliance with our "Sunshine laws." The Legislature responded by passing Senate Bill 286, which requires public officials to receive training in the requirements of the Open Meetings Act and Public Information Act. This bill was signed into law by Governor Perry on May 20, 2005 and will take effect January 1, 2006."

Starting in January, all elected and appointed officials will have to attend training. Details available on the Texas AG website. Will be interesting to see how well this goes in ALL of our local government organizations. I also hope the public is invited to attend some of the classes. I would very much like to attend.

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