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Open Meetings Act Workshop - June 30 in Traverse City


Open Meetings Act: How to Comply with the Michigan OMA (and how to avoid civil and criminal liability) is the topic for upcoming workshop sponsored by the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments and Michigan State University Extension.


Monday, June 30, 2014, 6-8:30 p.m.,
Traverse City Michigan Works! Center,

1209 S. Garfield Avenue, (large conference room)
*Please enter on the south side of the building.


The Michigan Open Meetings Act, Public Act No. 267 of 1976 (i.e. OMA), is intended to make it easier for citizens to know what their public bodies are doing and why. With ever increasing momentum, the people are demanding greater transparency and accountability from government, and OMA is the legal framework for all public bodies in Michigan to adhere to.

The ideal of a democratic government is anchored by the notion that people, as citizens, are sovereign and therefore have the highest form of political authority. Yet, because the United States of America is a representative democracy, not a direct democracy, public decision making is most often done by elected officials and/or public bodies. As a result, citizens can find it difficult to discover what decisions are being made and what information lies behind those decisions.

On June 30, the NWMCOG in partnership with Michigan State University Extension, is offering a general training to provide local officials the knowledge to effectively and legally operate within OMA. The training and presentation materials are designed for those who serve on public bodies, but all are welcome to attend.

Completion of this workshop qualifies as 2.5 MCP credits. Register early to receive the early bird rate.


Registration and Cost to Attend:

Early Bird Registration up to one week before the event (by June 23rd) - $55
Within 1 week or at the door - $70

Register now:    Traverse City OMA Workshop on June 30, 2014 

After registering, you may pay by:


Time and Location:

Monday, June 30, 2014, 6:00pm – 8:30pm - Traverse City    
Northwest Michigan Works! (large conference room)
1209 S. Garfield Ave
Traverse City, MI  49686
*enter from south side of building

Topic and Presenters:

Open Meetings Act Workshop  
Bethany Prykucki, MSU Extension Educator, Public Policy
Kurt Schindler, MSU Extension Educator






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