November 8, 2007

Open Idaho

Openness in government is essential to a democracy, but learning how to access public records or find out about government meetings can be intimidating. Idaho's Open Meeting and Public Records laws are the tools citizens can employ to access their government, but do you know how to use them? If you are a government employee or elected official, do you know what your responsibilities are?

In a one-hour Dialogue special, Joan Cartan-Hansen and her guests, Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and Betsy Russell, President of Idahoans for Openness in Government (IDOG), will explain the ins and outs of these two laws.

This episode is part of IdahoPTV's Open Idaho project. Funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and produced in cooperation with IDOG and the Idaho Attorney General's office, this project will help teach public officials and private citizens about Idaho's Open Meeting and Public Records laws.

IdahoPTV has produced a DVD and companion website Open Idaho featuring filmed skits and interactive material designed to help viewers learn more about accessing their government and the rights and responsibilities of public officials and government employees.