Workshops & Training


Understanding the Freedom of Access Act Workshop (HYBRID) sponsored by Maine Municipal Association – 8/31/22

Location:  TWO OPTIONS: IN-PERSON at Maine Municipal Association, 60 Community Drive, Augusta, ME 04330; OR Remote Access – Live Webinar via ZOOM
Time:  Registration 1:30 pm-2:00pm;  Workshop: 2:00pm-4:30pm
Cost:  MMA Member: $45; Non-Member: $90
Presenters: Presenters: Attorneys from the MMA Legal Services Department; Jack Clukey, Town Manager, Town of Dover-Foxcroft

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Who Should Attend:
This workshop is aimed at helping municipal staffs, “Public Access Officers” and elected and appointed officials understand Maine’s Freedom of Access Act and fulfill FOAA training requirements. It will provide an overview of the FOAA, including open meeting requirements, 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:
Does our board meeting need to be held in public? When can the board enter executive session? How do we respond to a record request from a citizen? Or a serial requester, or a journalist? Maine law requires that all “public proceedings” occur in public and that 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 comply with the FOAA and make good decisions about FOAA requests, even if the requests grow in number.

Topics Include:
•    Maine’s FOA Law: An Overview
•    Open meeting requirements
•    Executive sessions
•    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


Certification:

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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Cancellations for MMA Hybrid Workshop:
Notification of registration changes or cancellations must be received in writing. Cancellations received before Friday, August 26 and registration changes (switching from in-person to virtual or vice versa) will be assessed a $10 administrative fee for processing. Any cancellation received after Friday, August 26th at 8am will be charged the full registration fee. Please complete this form to cancel your registration: http://www.memun.org/TrainingResources/WorkshopsTraining/Cancellations.aspx. If you have questions, please contact the Educational Services Office at (800) 452-8786 or (207) 623-8428.  

 

 




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