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Audit report finds several potential breaches of Arkansas law in governor’s $19K lectern purchase • Arkansas Advocate

Arkansas Legislative Audit’s report on the $19,000 purchase of a lectern for Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ office found several instances of “potential noncompliance” with state law and has been sent to the state attorney general and Pulaski County’s prosecuting attorney. Members of Sanders’ staff used a state-issued credit card to buy the lectern and a […]

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Arkansas AG claims purchasing laws do not apply to governor, days before release of lectern audit • Arkansas Advocate

Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin released an opinion Wednesday, at Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ request, declaring that certain executive branch officials such as the governor are not subject to certain laws that regulate purchases by government entities. Sanders’ request and Griffin’s response came just days before lawmakers are expected to release the results of Arkansas […]

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Arkansas Corrections Board plays fast and loose with open meetings law • Arkansas Advocate

Imagine a handful of journalists gathered in a small conference room at Department of Corrections headquarters in North Little Rock, their attention focused on an old business telephone on a small table as they strain to hear the disembodied and often unidentified voices of Board of Corrections members and staff emanating from the device. That’s […]

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Arkansas voters might decide future of state’s freedom of information law in November

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — Petitions for two Freedom of Information ballot initiatives are gaining traction in the lead up to November’s election—if they receive the signatures needed, Arkansans will be able to decide if they want to enshrine Arkansas’ FOIA law in the state constitution with an amendment…as well as make changes to the existing […]

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What are possible ballot measures for Arkansas’ 2024 election?

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — In the past couple of years, Arkansas has seen changes made to the state’s Freedom of Information Act, abortion rights, education and more. This pushed organizations to create measures for Natural State voters to decide what they want in the November 5 election. In Arkansas, a ballot measure has to be […]

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let the sunshine in • Arkansas Advocate

Good news and less than good news from Helena-West Helena comes as we mark Sunshine Week, an annual observance of the need to protect your right to know. First, the good news: Helena World publisher Andrew Bagley reports his newspaper has reached a settlement with the state-run Helena-West Helena School District over access to surveillance […]

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Auditor: Report on Arkansas governor’s lectern purchase should be finished in March

Arkansas’ chief legislative auditor expects to complete a report on the investigation of Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ purchase of a $19,000 lectern by the end of next month, but it’s unclear when the report will be made public. Auditors began investigating the controversial purchase immediately upon approval from the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee on Oct. […]

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Arkansas AG approves proposed FOIA changes; supporters plan to start gathering signatures soon

Arkansas government transparency advocates expect to begin collecting signatures this week for two proposed ballot measures meant to make government records and meetings more accessible to the general public. On Monday, Attorney General Tim Griffin certified ballot language for a proposed set of changes to the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. The decision came less […]

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Group will submit fourth proposed Arkansas FOIA change to AG’s office after third rejection

A government transparency group will send a fourth draft of proposed changes to the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act after Attorney General Tim Griffin rejected its third proposal on Thursday. In his opinion, Griffin cited a “misleading provision” of the text of the proposed act and ballot title. Previous submissions contained the same problem that […]

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Arkansas transparency group will collect signatures for proposed amendment OK’d by AG

Arkansas government transparency advocates will begin collecting signatures for a November ballot measure to enshrine government openness in the state Constitution. Attorney General Tim Griffin certified language for four potential popular names and ballot titles, including “The Arkansas Government Disclosure Amendment of 2024,” a title he substituted for the submission of “The Arkansas Government Transparency […]

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