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Environmental Records and Government Data Cogitation

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Rondo Community Outreach Library

461 Dale Street North

Saint Paul, MN 55104

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By law, citizens have rights to see environmental records in government files. In practice, how clear is that access?

Effective environmental protection begins with information, much of it in the files of government agencies. By state and federal law, Minnesota citizens have broad rights to view those files. In practice, how are those laws working? Can concerned citizens get ready access to the files in a clear, timely and affordable manner?

Please join the Minnesota Coalition on Government Information for a discussion of the law, current practice and public policy options regarding public access to environmental records. The session will provide practical, expert information to help inform journalists, lawmakers and the concerned public.

Panelists are:

  • Alicia Kubas, Government Publications and Regional Depository Librarian at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, main organizer for a DataRescue-Twin Cities event in Minneapolis, MN.
  • Kathryn Hoffman, Executive Director of the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
  • Don Gemberling, the state’s top expert on the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act

Star Tribune Reporter Tom Meersman will moderate.

Free lunches will be served; attendance will be limited, so please reserve your space today.

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