Five seminars on open records meeting laws will be held by the Office of the Oklahoma Attorney General and the Oklahoma Press Association.
Julie Pittman, general counsel to the state attorney general, and Thomas R. Schneider, deputy general counsel to the state attorney general, will lead the seminars.
Each seminar begins from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.
This is the schedule of the seminars:
- Monday, Sept. 26, at the Autry Technology Center, 1201 W. Willow St., Enid;
- Monday, Oct. 3, at Oklahoma State University at Tulsa, 700 N. Greenwood Ave., Tulsa;
- Monday, Oct. 17, at Eastern Oklahoma State College, 1802 E. College Ave., McAlester;
- Monday, Oct. 24, at Cameron University,
October 501 SW University Dr. , Lawton; and
- Monday, Nov. 14, at the Metro Tech Conference Center, 19000 Springlake Dr., Oklahoma City.
“Oklahoma’s open meeting and open records laws provide the framework for public access to government,” Oklahoma Attorney General John M. O’Conner said.
“These seminars are an excellent opportunity for community residents and public officials to learn more about transparency in government.”
Mrs. Pittman and Mr. Schneider will answer questions concerning the state’s open meeting and records laws and inform elected or appointed officials about their responsibility under the acts.
They will also discuss requirements on access to public records and the conduct of public meetings.
“The vast majority of Oklahomans who hold positions on public bodies do so with a spirit of community service and work hard to follow the law,” Oklahoma Attorney General O’Conner said. “Our seminars are designed to encourage compliance and promote openness through education.”
There is no admission charge to any of the seminars and all are open to the public.
No pre-registration is required.
Last held in 2019, the meetings drew more than 50 patrons from state and local offices, school boards, public officials and residents.
Continuing education credits are available for attendance. Attorneys will receive three Continuing Legal Education credit hours.
New school board members can get three credit hours from the Oklahoma Department of Education, and new technology center board members can earn three credit hours from the state Department of Career & Technology Education.
Law enforcement officials are eligible to receive three credit hours from the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training.
More information is available online at okpress.com/seminars or to those who call (888)815-2672.