Politics & Government

Kansas AG, Sunshine Coalition to hold government transparency training

Invested with new authority to prosecute violations of state open-government laws, Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office will co-host a three-hour training session on transparency on Sept. 1 in Topeka.

The Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government will co-host the event.

The attorney general and the coalition have combined forces before for open-government training. But in the past, the attorney general’s role in open government has been more advisory than prosecutorial.

Earlier this year, the Legislature passed a bill giving the attorney general’s office broader powers to enforce the state’s open meetings and open records acts. It also mandates that the attorney general coordinate efforts across the state to educate officials and the public on the laws.

“As we move toward expanded training opportunities and enforcement required under the new statute, I encourage elected officials, public employees and members of the media and general public to attend this training to learn more about what is required under these laws,” Schmidt said in a statement.

The training in Topeka will be 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 1 at Memorial Hall, 120 SW 10th Ave. In addition to Schmidt’s staff, the training will feature a panel of local officials, advocates and journalists.

Additional training sessions will be scheduled at other locations throughout the year.

Reach Dion Lefler at 316-268-6527 or dlefler@wichitaeagle.com.