PAR releases Sunshine Week fact sheets
The Public Affairs Research Council (PAR) today released two fact sheets about the state’s open meetings and public records laws to help inform citizens of their rights to access information about the business of government. The fact sheets offer a plain-language explanation of the state’s sunshine laws with practical tips on how the public can participate in open meetings and request public records.
The release of the fact sheets was timed with Sunshine Week, 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.
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.