The commission may, from time to time, schedule informational workshops for the purpose of receiving information and exchanging ideas regarding relevant topics. Such workshops shall be listed on the commission's regular meeting agenda or on the weekly hearing calendar and shall be open to all interested persons. The workshops shall not be transcribed and participants need not be represented by counsel. Certain individuals may be designated by the commission as spokespersons or chairpersons for purposes of presenting information or conducting such workshops. Requests by persons interested in scheduling a workshop shall be made in writing to the director of the relevant staff department, with a copy of the request submitted to the chairman of the commission. The commission, in its discretion, reserves the right to postpone or reject requests for workshops.