AG to offer open government training

June 23, 2008 6:56:21 PM PDT
Local government and law enforcement officials will learn about public records and open meetings laws at a training session offered by Attorney General Roy Cooper and the North Carolina Press Association in Fayetteville on Tuesday. The training, entitled The Public's Business: Understanding and Following North Carolina's Open Government Laws, will take place on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Methodist University.

"Government works best when it does its work in the open," said Cooper, who will speak at Tuesday's session. "People have a right to know what their government is doing, and we want to help officials follow the law."

More than 60 local officials have signed up to attend, including chiefs of police, sheriffs, county and city attorneys, clerks of court, registers of deeds and others.

Cooper's office and the N.C. Press Association held the first open government training session last month in Gastonia and plan to hold additional trainings around the state in the coming months.

The training sessions follow a new Guide to Open Government published earlier this year by the Attorney General's Office and the N.C. Press Association.


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