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Citizen-initiated government transparency act proposal submitted to Arkansas Attorney General

BY: - December 4, 2023

Arkansas government transparency advocates proposed a ballot measure on Monday that would define a public meeting and create a special body to help citizens denied access to public records.   Arkansas Citizens for Transparency submitted a proposed ballot title and popular name for the “Arkansas Government Transparency Act,” a companion to a proposed constitutional amendment submitted […]

Several drafters of a proposed constitutional amendment to enshrine the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act in the state Constitution participated in a public forum in Little Rock on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023. From left: attorney David Couch, Arkansas Press Association Executive Director Ashley Wimberley, Democratic state Sen. Clarke Tucker, attorney Jen Standerfer and former independent state representative Nate Bell. (Tess Vrbin/Arkansas Advocate)

Transparency advocates hear public input on proposal to enshrine FOIA in Arkansas Constitution

BY: - November 3, 2023

Members of a government transparency group answered questions from a small crowd in Little Rock on Thursday about their effort to bolster the state’s public records and open meetings law that they hope will appear on the 2024 Arkansas ballot. Last month, Arkansas Citizens for Transparency (ACT) unveiled a proposed constitutional amendment that would enshrine […]

Transparency group unveils proposal to enshrine Arkansas FOIA in state Constitution

BY: - October 11, 2023

This story was updated at 4:22 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023 with additional information about the proposal. A government transparency group on Wednesday released its awaited proposal to enshrine the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act into the state Constitution. Formed in the wake of last month’s special session to add exemptions to Arkansas’ public […]