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GOV 102: Understanding the Open Meetings Law
Date: January 12, 2011
Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Webinar


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New York State School Boards Association

GOV 102: Understanding the Open Meetings Law
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Make a New Year's resolution to try out a NYSSBA webinar - you'll be pleased you did! Our first webinar of the year addresses one of our most asked-about topics, the Open Meetings Law. Highly interactive and informative, this webinar will decipher fact from fiction on topics ranging from common mistakes regarding executive session to public comment during your board meetings.

Busy on January 12? By registering, you'll receive the recorded webinar link so you can watch it whenever and wherever you want!

With few exceptions, the Open Meetings Law gives the public access to the deliberations and decision-making process of public entities, including school boards.

While the basic concept is simple, compliance can be difficult and the consequences for mistakes serious.  Your district must understand its responsibilities under the law or risk liability in both the judicial system and the court of public opinion.

Are you ever asked and do you know:  

  • Which types of meetings are and are not covered by the law?
  • Common mistakes school boards make regarding executive sessions?
  • What rules apply to board member discussion of school business before or after a meeting?
  • How technologies such as e-mail and instant messaging affect compliance with the law?
  • When the public has a right to speak at board meetings, and what limitations boards can impose on that right?
  • The consequences of holding a meeting in violation of the law’s notice requirements?
  • When a court can impose attorneys’ fees for violations of the law?

Let NYSSBA’s experienced attorney walk you through the law’s requirements, and the judicial and administrative opinions interpreting those requirements.

Date: Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 pm, ET

Cost: $75 NYSSBA members; $150 for nonmembers

Kimberly A. Fanniff, Associate Counsel, NYSSBA

Can’t watch the webinar during the daytime broadcast?
Not to worry!  Simply complete the registration process; all paid registrants receive the URL link to the recorded webinar to watch at their convenience and use to their board’s benefit.



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