Town of Islesboro, ME
Waldo County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Islesboro as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
491a Certification of Comp of Freedom
[Adopted 7-6-2011]
It is the policy of the Board of Selectmen to comply with the provisions of 1 M.R.S.A. § 412, Freedom of Access training. Selectmen must complete training on the requirements of Maine's Freedom of Access laws relating to public records and proceedings. Selectmen shall complete the training within 120 days after each Selectman takes the oath of office regardless of whether it is that Selectman's first term or a reelection.
At a minimum, the training must be designed to be completed in less than two hours and include instruction in:
The general legal requirements regarding public records and public proceedings;
The procedures and requirements regarding complying with a request for a public record; and
The penalties and other consequences for failure to comply with the law.
Elected officials can meet the training requirement by conducting a thorough review of the material on the "Frequently Asked Questions" on the website or by completing another training course that includes all of this information but may include additional information. Training courses do not need the approval of the Right to Know Advisory Committee or any other state agency.
After completing the training, elected officials are required to make a written or electronic record attesting that the training has been completed. The record, which will be available to the public, shall be filed with the Town Clerk.[1]
Editor's Note: See Certificate of Completion of Freedom Access Act Training at the end of this chapter.