FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 8, 2016
FOI Foundation of Texas joins Attorney General’s Office in El Paso Open Government Seminar
AUSTIN _ The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas will host an Open Government Seminar in El Paso in May featuring training in the state’s public meetings and public records laws.
The non-profit FOI Foundation, in cooperation with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office, will offer the one-day seminar on Tuesday, May 10. It is designed for government employees, journalists, attorneys and members of the general public who want to learn more about the Texas Public Information Act and Texas Open Meetings Act.
“This seminar highlighting Texas’ open government laws helps to inform citizens of their rights and responsibilities as they participate in our democracy,” said Kelley Shannon, executive director of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas.
Supporting the FOI Foundation as sponsors of the seminar are the El Paso Times and the law firm Windle, Hood, Norton, Brittain & Jay, LLP.
The event will take place at the El Paso Independent School District’s Professional Development Center, 6500-K Boeing Drive, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Attorney General’s Office will begin the day with training on the Texas Public Information Act at 9 a.m. followed by training on TPIA cost rules. Those sessions are free.
The FOI Foundation will present a session on the Texas Open Meetings Act by attorney Thomas Williams, the foundation’s vice president, starting at 1 p.m. Admission for this session is $50.
Participants may attend either or both sessions, which are approved by the Attorney General’s Office as meeting the state requirements for open government training for public officials. The seminar also qualifies for Continuing Legal Education through the State Bar of Texas.
To register, visit the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas website at www.foift.org and go to the “Activities and Programs” tab, then locate “Open Government Seminars.” For further information contact the FOI Foundation office at 512-377-1575.
The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to enhancing the public’s right to know about their government and other public entities. The organization is supported by tax-deductible donations, as well as grants from foundations and private citizens. More information is available at www.foift.org. The Freedom of Information Foundation’s main offices are at 3001 N. Lamar Blvd., Suite 302 in Austin, Texas 78705.