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Bill to shield Arkansas officials’ security records moves forward

BY: and - September 13, 2023

Arkansas lawmakers’ third attempt this week to alter the state’s Freedom of Information Act advanced in both the House and Senate on Wednesday. House Bill 1012 and Senate Bill 10 would exempt from FOIA all records and communications concerning the planning or provision of security services to the governor and other state elected officials. The […]

Jimmie Cavin, right, is escorted from the Senate State Agencies & Governmental Affairs Committee meeting by a State Capitol Police officer after being told to leave by committee chairman Sen. Blake Johnson, R-Corning.

Lawmakers offer narrower change to Arkansas FOIA after bipartisan pushback

BY: - September 12, 2023

After two days of bipartisan backlash against proposed changes to Arkansas’ Freedom of Information Act, lawmakers late Tuesday filed narrower legislation to exempt information related to security services provided to the governor and other state officials. It’s the third attempt in as many business days to alter the state’s 1967 public records law. The first […]

Lawmakers, public await promised replacement for controversial Arkansas FOIA legislation

BY: - September 11, 2023

UPDATE: Senate President Pro Tempore Bart Hester late Monday night introduced a new version of the bill to add exemptions to the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. It can be read here. This week’s special session of the Arkansas Legislature, expected to be a smooth-sailing three days, hit a major snag on day one when […]

Side view of Arkansas State Capitol, Little Rock (John Sykes/Arkansas Advocate)

Arkansas governor taps aide to lead Department of Transformation and Shared Services

BY: - September 5, 2023

Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders appointed her director of cabinet affairs, Leslie Fisken, as secretary of transformation and shared services on Tuesday. Fisken will replace Joseph Wood atop the state Department of Transformation and Shared Services. Wood, the former Washington County judge, stepped down from Sanders’ cabinet in August when he was elected chairman of […]