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PRESS RELEASE - Monday, January 14, 2008
For Information Call Anne Peterson at 208-373-7368
or Karen Johnson at 208-373-7369

Idahoans for Open Government Project Distributes DVDs About Open Records and Open Meeting Laws

Nearly 500 DVDs are being distributed statewide this week by the Open Idaho project of Idahoans for Openness in Government (IDOG) to Idaho city and county officials, media and school districts.

The DVD features video pieces about open records and open meeting laws. Idaho actors — Joe Golden, Christina Lang, Tom Willmorth and Dan Peterson — present a series of lively skits about the topics. They demonstrate what Idaho law requires concerning public documents and how the public can access Idaho government records. They also define open meetings and the responsibilities assigned by law to Idaho governments at all levels.

“The public’s business belongs to the public,” says Betsy Russell, IDOG president. “By teaming up in the spirit of cooperation, Idaho’s public officials, media and citizens can fully exercise this right.”

The Open Idaho project is designed to provide government employees, government officials, citizens and members of the media with what they need to know about the public records and open meeting laws.

The video pieces, the DVD and a companion Web site (idahoptv.org/dialogue/openidaho) were produced by Idaho Public Television for IDOG.

The project is funded by IDOG with a grant from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation through the National Freedom of Information Coalition.

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