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Navigating the Access to Public Records and Open Meetings Acts

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
East Providence Public Library, Weaver Branch

Speaker(s): Lisa A. Pinsonneault, Special Assistant Attorney General, Office of Attorney General (RI)

Join your public library colleagues to learn, or review, the library’s and board’s legal responsibilities and correct procedures for adhering to the laws for public records and open meetings. After learning the guidelines, you can establish procedures for your library. Having procedures in place will make the process easier when you get requests or are challenged.

Our speaker will describe how to determine whether a document is a public record and how to respond to a citizen’s request. Important procedural provisions will be discussed, including the way to respond to public record requests and establishing guidelines for public access. Frequent trouble areas and significant legal cases will also be reviewed.

You will learn how to determine when the Open Meetings Act applies and when an executive session is appropriate. Other statutory requirements, such as posting notices, amending agendas, and maintaining minutes will be discussed. Frequent trouble areas and significant legal cases will also be reviewed.

Lisa A. Pinsonneault is a Special Assistant Attorney General who joined the Department of Attorney General, Civil Division, in January 2011. Since then, Lisa has been focused on general litigation and open government matters. She graduated from Roger Williams University School of Law in 1998.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Public Library Staff and Trustees

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