FOIA FORUM SET FOR APRIL 30 IN LITTLE ROCK

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April 22, 2014

LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and three statewide media organizations will host the 2014 Freedom of Information Act Forum on Wednesday, April 30, at the Central Arkansas Library System Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock.

The 2014 Forum follows successful FOIA events throughout Arkansas over the past several years. This year’s forum in Little Rock is the only such event scheduled this year. It is free and open to anyone with an interest in the state’s open meetings and open records law. The Forum begins at 1:30 p.m. The theater is located at 100 River Market Ave.

The Arkansas Press Association, Arkansas Broadcasters Association and the Arkansas Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists are co-hosts of the Forum.

“The people of Arkansas expect transparency in their government, and that’s why our Freedom of Information Act is among the strongest in the nation,” McDaniel said. “My office and the other sponsors of the forum are committed to making sure that public officials, journalists and anyone else with an interest in FOIA have a better understanding of the Act and its applications.”

The forum will feature a presentation about the law and its exemptions by FOIA experts from the Attorney General’s Office. In addition, presenters and panelists will discuss the history of FOIA, its practical uses and how the law applies to emerging technology.

Free copies of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act Handbook, now in its 16th edition, will also be available at the forum.

Though the forum is free, registration is strongly recommended in order to ensure appropriate seating. To register, call (501) 374-1500 or email info@arkansaspress.org.

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