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Kick off Sunshine Week by attending

Oklahoma Sunshine ’09
:
Because It’s
Your Right to Know
” on March 14 in Oklahoma City.

Advances in Web technology have made posting documents online much
simpler. Given that government records belong to the public, shouldn’t we expect that
information online for free and easier access?

FOI Oklahoma Inc. members and news organizations have b
een surveying the
Web sites of state agencies, county and city governments, and public school districts in
Oklahoma. Find out what we’ve learned about their efforts to m
ake government more
transparent via the World Wide Web.

Other panels will focus on open

government bills in the Oklahoma Legislature
and on practical advice for requesting public records and confronting closed meetings.
We’ll debunk 10 myths about our state’s Open Meeting and Records laws.

Winners of FOI Oklahoma Inc.’s 2009 freedom of infor
mation awards also will
be announced
.

The conference will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Oklahoman Tower, 9000
N. Broadway. Registration for walk
-
ins will begin at 8:30 a.m.


Registration includes lunch and a one
-
year membership in FOI Oklahoma Inc.
for n
on
-
members. Register by March 11 for $30 or a special $15 rate for college and high
school students. Add $5 to registrations after March 11. The conference is free for current
FOI Oklahoma Inc. members, but they are asked to register for the lunch.

A regis
tration form and program details are available at FOI Oklahoma’s Web
site, www.foioklahoma.org.

Sunshine Week, led by the American Society of Newspaper Editors, is about
the public’s right to know what its government is doing, and why. Launched in March
20
05, it is celebrated each year in mid
-
March, coinciding with National FOI Day and James
Madison’s birthday on March 16.