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Seminar discussing Mississippi's Public Records and Open Meetings Acts

When: Thursday, May 10, 2018
3:00 PM
Where: City Hall
219 S President St.
Jackson, Mississippi  39205
United States
Contact: Monica Gilmer

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There is no cost to attend this seminar.

The second in a series of workshops promoting transparency in government and a better understanding of Mississippi’s sunshine laws is set for May 10 in Jackson.

The Freedom of Information “road show” will be held at 3 pm at City Hall on President Street.

The City of Jackson is joining the MPA Education Foundation in sponsoring the workshop, which will feature Tom Hood, executive director of the Mississippi Ethics Commission, and Leonard Van Slyke (right), attorney for the Mississippi Center for Freedom of Information.

The event, which will be free to the public, is specifically aimed at elected officials and members of the media.

“We hope hope government officials from the central area of Mississippi, as well as members of the media and the public will attend and take part in a dialog to increase awareness of Mississippi’s Public Meetings and Open Records Acts,” said MPA President Paul Keane, publisher of the Wayne County News. “This will be the first of three separate seminars on the topic we hope to hold this year in the state.”

Hood and Van Slyke will both give an overview of the state laws that govern the public’s right to know and will also take questions from the audience.

Keane said newspapers and other media in the area are strongly encouraged to attend and urged MPA members to invite local officials from their areas. Additional workshops are planned in other areas of the state.

The workshop is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Layne Bruce, MPA executive director, 601-981-3060.

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