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Arkansas governor appoints two conservatives to state library board amid lawsuit, content debate

Former Arkansas state senator Jason Rapert, a Conway Republican who founded the National Association of Christian Lawmakers, is one of the newest members of the Arkansas State Library Board at a time when children’s access to library materials is a subject of statewide debate. Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced a range of appointments to state…

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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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Arkansas officials’ security records shielded from public under altered FOIA law

Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders signed a law Thursday altering the state’s Freedom of Information Act, one of her stated goals of the special legislative session she called for this week. Senate Bill 10, which passed the Senate on Wednesday and the House on Thursday, shields from public access all records and communications concerning the…

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Bill to shield Arkansas officials’ security records moves forward

Arkansas lawmakers’ third attempt this week to alter the state’s Freedom of Information Act advanced in both the House and Senate on Wednesday. House Bill 1012 and Senate Bill 10 would exempt from FOIA all records and communications concerning the planning or provision of security services to the governor and other state elected officials. The House bill passed…

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Gov. Sanders’ attempt to hide records with FOIA reforms joins father’s legacy of government secrecy

Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders has blinked. Following a long and messy second day that saw dozens of Arkansans testify before the State Agencies Committee in the Senate, Sanders called for both the House and the Senate to limit FOIA reforms to only touch security, backing down from her attempt to shield the executive branch…

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Governor Sanders joins Keep Arkansas Beautiful to announce 2023 Great Arkansas Cleanup Kick-off

Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders joined the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) at Riverview Park in North Little Rock, Ark., on Sept. 6 to announce the kick-off of its annual statewide fall cleanup initiative, the Great Arkansas Cleanup (GAC). The cleanup will begin on Sept. 9 and run through Oct. 31, 2023. Community leaders and…

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Arkansas FOIA Task Force unanimously rejects Sanders’ FOIA changes

The Arkansas Freedom of Information Task Force voted unanimously Monday to reject Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ attempted "reforms" of the state’s sunshine laws. The task force, which was created by Act 932 of the Arkansas General Assembly in 2017, was formed to advise lawmakers on proposals that would affect the state's Freedom of Information…

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Arkansas governor orders updated plan to guide water policy, investment

Arkansas environmental officials will spend the next year updating the state’s plan meant to direct policy on a range of water policy issues, from flood management to drinking water quality and farm irrigation. Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ Monday executive order calls for the fourth iteration of the Arkansas Water Plan. It comes as aging infrastructure…

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