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Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 9:27 am | Updated: 9:41 am, Fri Oct 12, 2012.

Directors, commissioners and trustees representing half a dozen government agencies are set to attend state-mandated ethics training in San Andreas later this month.

Organizers of the LAFCO-sponsored event have confirmed 44 attendees at this year’s seminar, which is scheduled to include an overview of the Public Records Act, conflicts of interest laws and “general ethical principles.” LAFCO is the Local Agency Formation Commission, an agency that helps define the jurisdiction and boundaries of local government agencies from fire and school districts to county government itself. The training, which can also be conducted online, satisfies public officials training requirements for the year. Most public agency officials are required to receive public service and ethical law training every two years.

The session is also set to feature a two-hour refresher on the Brown Act, the state’s open meeting law, parts of which were recently suspended as part of statewide budget cuts enacted over the summer.

“If things happen, or if there are examples of things like the Brown Act changing, then we try and work those in (to) the training,” explained Andrew Morris, an attorney with Sacramento-based Best Best & Krieger. “But the basic content doesn’t vary all that much from year-to-year.”

The Oct. 22 session will be conducted from 3-5 p.m. at the San Andreas Senior Center at 956 Mountain Ranch Road.

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