CHESTERTOWN — There’s no longer any excuse for journalism students to say they don’t understand the Maryland Open Meetings Act.
Training is online, and it runs on an iPad, desktop or laptop. While not exactly in the same league as “Guitar Hero,” “Angry Birds” or even “Super Mario,” it presents the basics clearly.
Anyone — especially elected and appointed public officials — can take it from their home or office...
...On June 1, Kent County Administrator Susie Hayman said, “I sent a link to the training to the commissioners and to all department heads with a recommendation that all staff and organizations governed by the OMA, within the department head’s respective bailiwick, complete the training. Since the training can be completed any time, ‘when’ is in the department head’s discretion.”
On June 4, Hayman said Public Works Director Wayne Morris has made completing training mandatory for his department.
Brian Kirby, president of the Kent County Board of Education, said the members haven’t yet discussed the new course, but “I certainly think it would be a good idea” for each to take the training...
Monday, June 25, 2012
StarDem.com: Md. Open Meetings Act training available online
By CRAIG O’DONNELL Staff Writer