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Arkansas Transparency Group Releases 2nd Draft of FOIA Work

The Arkansas Citizens for Transparency group released the second draft of their work. In a press release, the transparency group said the changes from the first draft are based primarily on public feedback committee members received since the release of the first draft.

ACT held public meetings in Conway, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Little Rock, and West Memphis. The group also has a public Facebook group, which hosts daily conversations with members of the public from every corner of the state.

The group released two measures in this latest cycle — an amendment and an act. “As we got deeper into the work, it became apparent that the updates to Arkansas’s government transparency laws needed to be split into two measures, both a constitutional amendment and an initiated act, rather than have all changes be in a constitutional amendment.”

The group also is proposing to create the Arkansas Government Transparency Commission. The purpose of this Commission will be to “assist Arkansas citizens in accessing public records and public meetings and to enforce government compliance with the law concerning Arkansas citizens’ right to government transparency.” The group says the ultimate goal is to provide a resource for citizens without having to resort to hiring a lawyer or filing a lawsuit.

Read the entire Cover Letter here.

Read the Amendment here.

Read the Act here.

Learn more about AR Citizens for Transparency by visiting their Facebook page or their website.

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