MISCELLANEOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS LEGISLATIVE TRAINING Legislative Aide Information - Thursday, January 13, 2005 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Legislative Conference Center E2.002 Provides instruction and information on procedures involving legislative research, preparing amendments/substitutes for legislative consideration, monitoring committees, information for learning fast and efficient bill tracking procedures. Tips on preparing talking points and bill books to benefit the Senator during daily sessions. Senate and Calendar Rules - Thursday, January 13, 2005 3:30 p.m - 4:30 p.m. Legislative Conference Center E2.002 Those pesky rules that can trip you up. Information on Senate rules, calendar deadlines and changes for the 79th Legislative Session. OPEN GOVERNMENT TRAINING SEMINAR In addition to the Capitol District Office Training scheduled for Thursday and Friday of this week, the Attorney General's Office will be conducting an Open Government Training Seminar this Friday, January 14, 2005, in the Capitol Auditorium from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. for the Senate and House of Representatives--members and staff. The agenda includes: Public Information Act Basics for Legislators and Staff What is the Public Information Act (PIA)? What is a governmental body subject to the PIA and are we one? What do I do if I get an open records request? How do I recognize an open records request? How do I respond? What are my deadlines for responding? When do I request an AG ruling and how is that done? What exceptions do we raise if we want to withold something from disclosure? What is a legislative request and how do I make one of an agency? If you are planning on attending, please notify the Secretary of the Senate's Office so that sufficient handouts can be prepared.