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Sunshine Amid the Storms - an Educational Event on Open Records and Government Transparency

Sunshine Laws -
Cornerstone of a 
Healthy Democracy

A discussion among First Amendment experts will address how to protect government transparency, hold officials accountable, and make your voice heard.

Join the League of Women Voters of Kansas City/Jackson-Clay-Platte Counties for a panel discussion to raise awareness of Sunshine Laws that hold officials accountable and promote transparency in government.

The panel will begin with a brief explanation of Sunshine Laws that generally provide for public access to government meetings, documents, and decisions. These laws, broadly including Open Records and the Freedom of Information Act, are foundational to democracy, yet increasingly face challenges and misuse.

For example, some jurisdictions have attempted to block members of the public from participating in open meetings, proposed exorbitant fees for access to public documents, and in Marion County, Kansas, police led a raid on the local newspaper – an action widely condemned as a violation of First Amendment rights.

Members of the panel will draw upon personal and professional experiences with Sunshine Laws to illustrate the importance of the laws in keeping government actions open and accessible to the people, a cornerstone of democracy.

This discussion, designed to provide a deeper understanding of the Sunshine Law and its role in democracy, is free and open to the public. The event coincides with the national observance of Sunshine Week, a nonpartisan initiative sponsored by a collaboration of nonprofit, private, and government sectors.

Moderator: Dan Margolies has been a reporter for the Kansas City Business Journal, The Kansas City Star, and KCUR Public Radio.

* Bernie J. Rhodes is a partner at Lathrop GPM with more than 30 years of experience in First Amendment and media law matters.
* Jean Maneke, a former journalist, is the principal of the Maneke Law Group. She has 25 years of experience in media, publishing and entertainment law.
* Jason Lewis, General Counsel in the Attorney General’s office, joined the office in 2016 and has worked for four AG administrations. His legal practice areas include Sunshine Law, election law, and state constitutional law.

Registration is required.  

*  In person - If you plan to attend in person, click on the red Register Now button.
*  Zoom - If you plan to attend via Zoom, use this Zoom link to register.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the event.  

This event will be recorded and available for viewing on LWVKC's YouTube channel.

Questions? Email if you have questions or need assistance.                                                             
Monday, March 11, 2024, 6:30 PM Central Time (US & Canada) (UTC-06:00)
Shook, Hardy, and Bacon Law Offices, Conference Room 24A
Shook, Hardy, & Bacon website
2555 Grand Ave.
Kansas City, MO  64108
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Teri Lane
Tommye C Sexton
Nancy Shawver
League Events and Meetings
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