PAR Promotes Sunshine Week Fact Sheets
The Public Affairs Research Council (PAR) promotes fact sheets about technology and access to public records, and open meetings. The fact sheets offer a plain-language explanation of the state’s sunshine laws with practical tips on how the public can request public records and participate in public meetings. PAR also makes available a fact sheet about reapportionment and redistricting.
The release of the fact sheets is timed with Sunshine Week, March 13-19, 2011. Sunshine week is a national initiative to open a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Sunshine Week is led by the American Society of News Editors (http://www.sunshineweek.org).
The fact sheets can be accessed on PAR’s Web site for download and printing. The documents are designed to be distributed by citizen groups as one-page, double-sided reference tools for guidance through the sometimes complicated process of gaining access to records and meetings of state and local government bodies. All of the sheets will soon be available in both Spanish and Vietnamese.
Funding for this project was provided by the Open Society Institute in collaboration with the New Orleans Coalition on Open Governance. For additional information and research on government transparency in Louisiana, go to PAR’s Web site at www.la-par.org.