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Interested in learning more about Wisconsin’s open meetings and public records laws?

Tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 19, the UW-Extension Local Government Center, which aims to educate Wisconsin residents about local government structures, laws and procedures, will begin its Open Government and Parliamentary Procedure WisLine Series.

The teleconference lecture series will cover the basics of Wisconsin’s open meetings and public records laws. In addition, each $20 session will feature a panel of attorneys to discuss past court and attorney general interpretations and applications of the laws.

A Feb. 2 session taught by Jonathan Becker of the state Government Accountability Board and Philip Freeburg of the Local Government Center will cover ethics and conflicts of interest laws that apply to local government officials.

More information and the registration form can be found in the online brochure.

If you’re unable to participate in the live program, the sessions will be available for the first time for online streaming or on CD.

The Local Government Center also recently announced the translation of its Open Meetings Law Fact Sheet into Spanish. Find it here: Abierta Reuniones.

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