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Sign Here and Here (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

Signing two petitions is the first step to protecting our right to government records. read more >
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Arkansas Year in Review: Top 10 Business Stories of 2023Lock Icon

Businesses and consumers in Arkansas and the rest of the country spent 2023 in the shadow of rising interest rates. Businesses dealt with other adversity, including rising insurance rates and a deadly March tornado. Other stories this year were more hopeful. read more >
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A Step Toward Transparency (Editorial)

A group seeking to protect the public’s right to know is making progress. read more >
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What to Watch in 2024 (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

Lithium, steel and, yes, politics will make 2024 a big year for business in Arkansas. read more >
Agriculture & Poultry / Business Services / Health Care / Retail

Cannabis Connections: Medical Marijuana Businesses That Use Management FirmsLock Icon

At least 13 medical marijuana businesses in Arkansas have contracts with cannabis management companies, according to state records. read more >
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Attorney General’s Office Asks Judge To Block FOI Request

The attorney general’s office has asked a federal judge to block the release of attorney-client and “work product”-privileged documents that a Little Rock attorney asked for under FOIA. read more >
Banking & Finance / Government & Politics / Media & Marketing

The Lectern: A Halloween Tale (Editorial)

How the governor spends taxpayer money is exactly what the media should focus on. read more >
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Power to the People (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

The FOI amendment would enshrine key provisions and principles in the state constitution. read more >
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Government Transparency Group Releases Proposal to Enshrine Arkansas FOIA

The group, Arkansas Citizens for Transparency, said the proposal would ensure that any further changes to the FOIA would only be approved by voters. read more >
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FOIA Definitely Not Safe (Gwen Moritz Commentary)

Arkansas’ Freedom of Information Act is still at risk, so a constitutional amendment is urgent. read more >
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‘An Issue of Right or Wrong’ (Editorial)

A former state legislator and a Little Rock lawyer say they’re partnering on an effort to make the provisions of Arkansas’ Freedom of Information Act part of the state Constitution, an endeavor we support. read more >
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FOIA Bill Revised After Opposition and Chaos at Capitol

Constituents on Monday swayed lawmakers against provisions that would allow withholding a wide array of records now open to public requests. read more >
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FOIA Task Force Rejects Plan to Overhaul ‘Sunshine Law’

In a unanimous vote, the task force declared that the two bills were unsuitable for a special session and contrary to the best interests of Arkansans. read more >
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State’s Freedom of Information Law Back Under Microscope

Draft legislation to limit the scope of Arkansas’ open meetings and records law could be up for debate in a special legislative session. read more >

FOIA Group Represents Diverse Perspectives (Letter to the Editor)

In defense of the FOIA Working Group read more >

Arkansans’ Right to Know Threatened

Recent developments highlight threats to Arkansans’ right to know what their government is up to. read more >
Education / Legal

Unnoticed Law Makes School Board Matters Less Open

Critics say the law was "snuck in" at the end of the legislative session and will be devastating to transparency for parents. read more >
Legal

FOI Act Concerns Are Justified (Editorial)

Concerns about Attorney General Tim Griffin’s proposal to review the state’s FOI Act are rational. read more >
Health Care / Insurance / Legal

Records Show State Medical Board Failed to Act on Complaints Against Chairman Brian Hyatt

Dr. Brian Hyatt of Rogers resigned as chair of the Arkansas State Medical Board after “credible allegations” of Medicaid fraud. read more >
Media & Marketing

Brenda Blagg, Storied NWA Journalist, Dies at 75

She was a champion of transparency in government and a staunch defender of Arkansas’ Freedom of Information Act. read more >