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Prosecuting Attorney issues warning to MHPS’ School Board after investigating secret text group uncovered in millage election

After a year of relative silence on the issue, Baxter County Prosecuting Attorney David Ethredge has finally weighed in on the secret text group created by former Mountain Home Public School Superintendent Dr. Jake Long to circumvent the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act with members of the school board by issuing an official warning letter…

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Attorney General Griffin names new Deputy Attorney General for Opinions and FOIA

Attorney General Tim Griffin issued the following statement announcing the promotion of Senior Assistant Attorney General Noah Watson to Deputy Attorney General for Opinions and FOIA: “Today I named Noah Watson as Deputy Attorney General of the Opinions and FOIA Division. Noah previously served as a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Special Litigation Section of…

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New ballot language submitted for proposed changes to Arkansas Freedom of Information Act

A nonpartisan group of government transparency advocates has revised its proposal for a citizen-initiated act that would alter the state’s Freedom of Information Act. On Thursday, Arkansas Citizens for Transparency again submitted ballot language for the proposed 2024 initiative. Attorney General Tim Griffin rejected a previous iteration of the popular name and ballot title on Monday, saying…

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Arkansas AG rejects proposed ballot measure meant to add clarity to Freedom of Information Act

Proposed changes to the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act aren’t sufficient to appear on the 2024 statewide ballot, Attorney General Tim Griffin wrote in a Monday opinion. Griffin rejected the proposed ballot title and popular name for the Arkansas Government Transparency Act a week after rejecting a companion proposal for a constitutional amendment. Both proposals…

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Citizen-initiated government transparency act proposal submitted to Arkansas Attorney General

The proposed act is a companion to a constitutional amendment draft submitted last week; both would broaden access public meetings and government records Arkansas government transparency advocates proposed a ballot measure on Monday that would define a public meeting and create a special body to help citizens denied access to public records.   Arkansas Citizens for…

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First ballot language submitted for Arkansas government transparency amendment

A government transparency group took the first formal step Monday to refer a proposed constitutional amendment to the 2024 ballot that would prevent the state Legislature from making government less open without a statewide vote.  Arkansas Citizens for Transparency submitted a proposed ballot title and popular name for the “Arkansas Government Transparency Amendment” to Attorney…

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Whistleblower’s attorney claims Arkansas governor’s office altered, withheld public records

An anonymous whistleblower claims Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ office improperly altered and withheld public records related to ongoing scrutiny of the office’s spending, according to the whistleblower’s attorney. Rogers-based attorney Tom Mars sent a letter Friday to state Sen. Jimmy Hickey, R-Texarkana, offering his client’s testimony and documents to aid a requested legislative audit.…

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