Chairman: Ark. sec'y of state panel not under FOIA

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The chairman of an advisory committee Secretary of State Mark Martin has formed for his office says he doesn't believe the panel's meetings or internal documents are covered by the state Freedom of Information Act.

Curtis Coleman said on Tuesday that the newly formed Review and Implementation Committee's first meeting would be open to the public but said he wasn't sure if all of them would be. The nine-person panel planned to meet Wednesday morning at Safe Foods Corp. in North Little Rock.

Coleman said he didn't believe the panel was covered by the state Freedom of Information Act because none of its members were appointed by a government official, the meetings won't be held in a public building and no public funds will be spent on the committee.

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