Open Government Seminars

Open Government Seminars enhance understanding of the changing landscape of open government. Sessions address timely topics related to the Texas Public Information Act and Texas Open Meetings Act and include a legislative update on recent changes to the laws. The program is directed toward government employees, attorneys, journalists and anyone wanting to learn more about open government laws. Seminars feature experienced attorneys knowledgeable in this area of law.

The one-day seminars are offered in cooperation with the Office of the Texas Attorney General. This course has been approved by the Office of the Attorney General as meeting the requirements for open government training for public officials. State Bar of Texas Continuing Legal Education credits are also available.

Upcoming Seminar
This seminar on Nov. 16, 2016, will take place from 9:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the University of North Texas student union. A free morning session presented by the Texas Attorney General’s Office will focus on the Texas Public Information Act and cost rules. An afternoon session presented by attorney and FOI Foundation board member Tom Williams will address the Texas Open Meetings Act and will take place from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. There is a $50 fee for the afternoon session. Participants may attend either or both sessions. Click here to register. Lunch is on your own. There are several food options in the UNT student union, where the seminar will be held. (A previously announced luncheon speech option has been cancelled. Those who paid $15 for the luncheon will receive refunds.)

Attendees can park in the Union Circle parking garage at 1155 Union Circle in Denton.  It’s $2 per hour, $16 max and it’s credit/debit card only.  Alternatively, parking is available in the Highland Street parking garage at 620 Central Ave for the same price, but they accept cash or credit.  The Union Circle garage is closer. The seminar room is Union 382.

Past Sessions
Rio Grande Valley (McAllen)
A seminar held on June 9, 2016 at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce was well attended by public officials, journalists and interested citizens, who learned about the Texas Public Information Act and TPIA cost rules and the Texas Open Meetings Act. Thanks to and the McAllen Monitor for sponsoring the event.

The Open Government Seminar held May 3, 2016, in Conroe at Lone Star College-Montgomery was lively and well attended by dozens from throughout the Houston region. FOI Foundation board member and attorney Joe Larsen, pictured below, conducted the Texas Open Meetings Act session.

El Paso
The Open Government Seminar held May 10, 2016, in El Paso drew journalists, citizen activists, attorneys and government officials to the El Paso Independent School District’s Professional Development Center. FOI Foundation board vice president Tom Williams conducted the training session on the Texas Open Meetings Act, and the Texas Attorney General’s Office provided training on the Texas Public Information Act.