Workshops & Training


MMA's Managing Freedom of Access Requests sponsored by the Maine Municipal Association 12/11/18

Location: Embassy Suites by Hilton, 1050 Westbrook Street, Portland ME 04102
Time: 1:30 pm – Registration / 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm – Workshop
Cost: MMA Member Municipality/Patron: $35 Non-Member Municipality: $70
Presenters:Richard Flewelling, Legal Services, MMA; Eric Conrad, Communication and Educational Services, MMA; Nathan Poore, Town Manager, Town of Falmouth; Rebecca McMahon, Staff Attorney, Legal 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


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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