Workshops & Training

MMA's Managing Freedom of Access Requests sponsored by Maine Municipal Association - 3/11/19 - Live Video Conference

Location: Northern Maine Development Commission, 11 West Presque Isle Rd., Caribou, ME 04736
Time: Registration: 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm | Class: 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Cost: MMA Members: $35 | Non-Members: $70
Instructor(s): Richard Flewelling, Assistant Director, Legal Services, MMA; Jay Feyler, Town Manager, Union; Eric Conrad, Director, Communication and Educational Services, MMA

Who Should Attend:

This timely workshop is aimed at helping municipal staffs, newly designated “Public Access Officers” and elected and appointed officials understand Maine’s Freedom of Access Act, why FOAA requests are filed and how to handle them properly. (Qualifies as Maine-required FOAA Training.)

Course Information:

Sometimes they come in rarely. Sometimes they come from serial requesters, time and again. Sometimes, journalists file them. Maine law requires that all FOAA requests be handled properly, fairly and in a timely manner. This two and a half hour workshop is designed to help municipal officials at all levels make good decisions about FOAA requests and keep their wits about them, even if the requests grow in number.

Topics Include:
•    Maine’s FOA Law: An Overview
•    Receiving Requests
•    Designating a Point Person (or Two)
•    Timing and Deadlines
•    Fulfilling requests, redacting, denying
•    Tracking and Processing
•    When E-mails Are Involved
•    Repeat Requestors
•    Your Mental Health
•    Understanding the Media



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