Workshops & Training

MMA's Managing Freedom of Access Requests workshop sponsored by Maine Municipal Association – 12/12/19

Location: Hilton Garden Inn – Freeport Downtown, 5 Park St., Freeport, ME 04032
Time: Registration: 1:30 p.m.| Workshop: 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Cost: MMA Member Municipality/Patron: $35 | Non-Member Municipality: $70
Instructor(s): Richard Flewelling, Assistant Director, Legal Services, MMA; Nathan Poore, Town Manager, Falmouth; Eric Conrad, Director, Communication and Ed. 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. This session does not explore laws about criminal investigations and records.)
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

This course applies to the Maine Town, City and County Management Association Certification Program as 2.5 credits in the Elected Relations category.


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