Kansas is making a change that many providers and attorneys have been seeking - the acceptance of electronic distribution of materials. This saves the environment (paper and waste), money (printing and shipping), and space in an attorney's office or suitcase.
Materials will still be required. Shelley Sutton, Executive Director of the Kansas CLE Commission, explains that there are three main reasons for requiring materials:
- Ensures thorough course preparation by provider and presenter
- Ensures attorneys receive materials that are useful after course completion
- Allows the regulator to evaluate the quality and nature of the course when the application nor agenda provide sufficient information about course content
This will not change. But under the new rules, the requirement to provide instructional materials can be satisfied either through the traditional delivery of hard copy documents OR through delivery in electronic media, CD, flash drive, or via download.
As under the current rules, materials must still be made available to participants either before or at the program. Sending a link after the event or mailing the materials later will not suffice. Even providing the participants with the link at the event would likely meet the requirement, but perhaps would not satisfy the attendees. The state does recommend providing links to the material before the event in case an attendee wants to print out materials to bring to the event.
If a provider is distributing materials in electronic format only and not providing printed materials to all attendees, they must still have a few printed copies available for any attendee who requests them.
I am very happy to see Kansas formalizing the availability of electronic distribution of materials. Hopefully, other states will follow suit!
My next post will explore the changes to the nontraditional programming rule in Kansas - where the biggest changes to the rules reside.