Workshops & Training


MMA's Managing Freedom of Access Requests sponsored by the Maine Municipal Association - 3/13/17

Location: Ramada Inn, 490 Pleasant Street Lewiston, Maine
Time: Registration - 1:30-2:00 pm, Workshop - 2:00-4:30 pm
Cost: MMA Member Municipality/Patron: $35.00 | Non-Member Municipality: $70.00
Instructor(s): Richard Flewelling, Assistant Director, Legal Services, MMA; Nathan Poore, Town Manager, Falmouth; Eric Conrad, Director, Communication and Ed. Services, MMA

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.)

1:30-2:00 pm – Registration / 2:00-4:30 pm – Workshop
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.
• 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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