Arkansas Public Records Laws Face Pressure from Lawmakers and Courts - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Little Rock, AR

Arkansas Public Records Laws Face Pressure from Lawmakers and Courts

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Efforts to strip Arkansas' law protecting the public's access to meetings and documents have been fought back over the past year.  But advocates and experts say agencies are finding new ways to withhold public information.

The fight for open government celebrated a brief victory last year when the state's highest court ordered Pulaski County to release most of the e-mails sent between a former Pulaski County employee and his lover.  But experts say the winding path to their release may provide a roadmap for agencies to resist disclosure.

Richard Peltz, a University of Arkansas at Little Rock law professor and expert on the state's FOI law, says government agencies are learning more about how to resist disclosure.  He says the lack of an enforcement mechanism is one reason agencies can move slowly.

Peltz says another troublespot in the state's FOI , the "working papers" exemption, doesn't appear to be changed anytime soon.  The state's FOI law exempts the governor's "unpublished memoranda, working papers and correspondence" from release.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • NEA Humane Society holds cat adoption event

    NEA Humane Society holds cat adoption event

    Saturday, June 23 2018 6:25 PM EDT2018-06-23 22:25:19 GMT
    Saturday, June 23 2018 6:48 PM EDT2018-06-23 22:48:36 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The Northeast Arkansas Humane Society is hosting a Feline Freedom Adoption Frenzy in honor of July 4th.

    The Northeast Arkansas Humane Society is hosting a Feline Freedom Adoption Frenzy in honor of July 4th.

  • Mayor: Corning Walmart set to close in July

    Mayor: Corning Walmart set to close in July

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 11:26 AM EDT2018-06-20 15:26:48 GMT
    Saturday, June 23 2018 3:05 PM EDT2018-06-23 19:05:53 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    A Walmart in Region 8 is closing within the month, according to the Corning mayor.

    A Walmart in Region 8 is closing within the month, according to the Corning mayor.

  • Dollar General store destroyed by Friday fire

    Dollar General store destroyed by Friday fire

    Friday, June 22 2018 10:35 PM EDT2018-06-23 02:35:05 GMT
    Saturday, June 23 2018 2:47 PM EDT2018-06-23 18:47:09 GMT

    A Jonesboro Dollar General store is a total loss after a fire Friday night

    A Jonesboro Dollar General store is a total loss after a fire Friday night

Powered by Frankly