LexisNexis® presents a Complimentary Webinar: Open Government: An Overview of Legal and Legislative Developments
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Date: Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Time: 2:00PM EDT / 11:00AM PDT
Duration: 95 minutes

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"A free society is maintained when government is responsive and responsible to the public, and when the public is aware of governmental actions. The more open a government is with its citizenry, the greater the understanding and participation of the public in government.” Thus begins the statement of purpose of the New York Committee on Open Government.

Does the public have an unfettered right to access to the inner workings of government agencies? If not, where are the lines drawn, to ensure that government runs efficiently but with transparency? When the content of the communication is the business of government, many argue that the technology with which it is transmitted is irrelevant, and that all such communications fall within the scope of “sunshine” laws. Others counter that excessive requests by the public become burdensome.
These questions are at the heart of litigation working its way through the courts. On March 25, the United States Supreme Court ended a nine-year legal battle, rejecting a claim by 15 local officials that the 46-year old Texas Open Meetings Act violated First Amendment Rights. The debate, however, is sure to continue.
As technology and social media increasingly complicate the question of accessibility versus the burden on cash-strapped local governments, join us on June 5, 2013 at 2 p.m. and benefit from the insights of our panel of experts during the complimentary CLE Webinar, Open Government.

Speakers will discuss:
• The presumption of openness
• The burden on government to prove that information should be withheld
• The impact of technology – texts, emails, and cloud computing – on the handling and disclosure of information
• Public business being discussed on private email accounts
• An overview of significant state laws, such as the Texas Public Information Act
• How governments are addressing high volume requests
• The impact of outsourcing government functions to private entities


Amanda Crawford, Esq.
Chief of the Open Records Division
Office of the Attorney General of Texas

Camille S. Jobin-Davis, Esq.
Assistant Director
NYS Committee on Open Government
Department of State

Colleen M. Murphy
Executive Director and General Counsel
State of Connecticut
Freedom of Information Commission

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