FOI Foundation to host Open Government Seminar in Houston

The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas will soon host an Open Government Seminar in Houston featuring training in the state’s public meetings and public records laws. The non-profit FOI Foundation, partnering with Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office, will offer the one-day seminar on April 30. It is designed for government employees, journalists and members of the general public who want to learn more about the Texas Public Information Act and Texas Open Meetings Act.

“This training on Texas open government laws provides important information for public employees and essential tools for citizens as they participate in our democracy,” said Kelley Shannon, executive director of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas.


The event will take place at South Texas College of Law in the Garrett-Townes Auditorium, 1303 San Jacinto St. in Houston. The Attorney General’s Office will begin the day with training on the Texas Public Information Act at 9 a.m. followed by TPIA cost rules training. Those sessions are free.


The FOI Foundation will present an afternoon training session on the Texas Open Meetings Act by attorney Joe Larsen, a foundation board member, starting at 1:15 p.m. The afternoon session fee is $50 to help cover materials and other seminar costs.


The sessions are approved by the Attorney General’s Office as meeting the state requirements for open government training for public officials. The daylong seminar also qualifies for Continuing Legal Education through the State Bar of Texas.


To register, click here. For further information contact the FOI Foundation office at 512-377-1575.