Open Government Webinars

In 2015, the Montana FOI Hotline, the Montana Newspaper Association and the Montana Broadcasters Association partnered to offer a series of three, free webinars on the topic of open government. The discussions were aimed primarily at print and broadcast journalists, but are appropriate for all Montana citizens interested in better understanding their rights.

Veteran Montana broadcast journalist Ian Marquand and freedom of information specialist and Helena attorney Mike Meloy co-hosted the three webinars:

  • Open-Government I “Open Meetings”
  • Open-Government II “Records Requests and More”
  • Open-Government III “Contemporary Issues in Public Access and News Gathering”

All three webinars are archived and available online at Montana PBS

Montana’s Constitution says, “No person shall be deprived of the right to examine documents or to observe the deliberation of all public bodies or agencies of state government and its subdivisions, except in cases in which the demand of individual privacy clearly exceeds the merits of public disclosure.”

Latest News


PSC requirement to disclose executive salaries upheld


Monday, April 18, 2016

Telecommunication company required to disclose if receiving federal funds.

A Montana District Court Judge affirmed Monday a Public Service Commission requirement that ...

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Mug Shots are now Public Records


CHARLES S. JOHNSON

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Mug shots of criminal defendants are now public records in Montana that must be released to the news media.

In October, state District Court Judge Jon Oldenburg of Lew...

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