Arlington, TX
Universit of Texas at Arlin...
Open Government Seminar - Arlington
Tue, April 17, 2018 8:30AM to 3:30PM (Central)
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Texas Public Information Act [+] FREE
Texas Public Information Act training presented by the Texas Attorney General's Office from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. This free session will include the basics of the TPIA and recent issues relating to it. Please register to reserve your space.
TPIA Cost Rules [+] FREE
This training session focuses on the cost rules associated with the Texas Public Information Act. The Texas Attorney General's Office will lead this free session from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Please register to reserve your space.
Texas Open Meetings Act [+] $50.00
This session on the Texas Open Meetings Act is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., presented by Fort Worth attorney Tom Williams. The cost is $50, which includes refreshments. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch, too. A food court is nearby.
First Amendment Institute  [+] FREE
The First Amendment Institute presented by the FOI Foundation of Texas is designed for journalists. This training covers the basics of press freedom, libel and other timely First Amendment issues in journalism. Session is from 1:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
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The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas presents Open Government Seminars throughout the state focusing on the Texas Public Information Act and Texas Open Meetings Act. The Apri 17 seminar takes place at the University of Texas at Arlington in the University Center, 300 W. First St. in Arlington, in the Red River/Concho Room on the second floor. It is co-sponsored by UTA Student Publications and CourthouseDirect.com.

The Texas Attorney General's Office will present a free session on the Public Information Act and associated cost rules from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The FOI Foundaton will present the Open Meetings Act session, which costs $50 to cover seminar expenses. The Open Meetings Act session is from 11:30 to 12:45 p.m. Light lunch refreshments will be provided during that session. Attendees are also welcome to bring their own lunch. A food court is located nearby in the University Center.

The final event of the day is the new First Amendment Institute, a free two-hour training session from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. designed for journalists and covering the basics of press freedom, libel and other timely First Amendment issues. Some travel scholarship funds may be available for journalists attending from out of town. Contact FOI Foundation executive director Kelley Shannon at kelley.shannon@foift.org or 512-377-1575 for more information.

Parking instructions will be posted soon and emailed to attendees.

Both the TPIA and Open Meetings Act sessions qualify for state-certified open government training for public officials, accredited through the Attorney General's Office. Attorneys attending these two sessions can qualify for State Bar of Texas CLE credit. District and county clerks can qualify for state-certified training credits for clerks.

 
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