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August 29, 2013

LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and the Arkansas Press Association will host a series of free, informational workshops on the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, the first being on Thursday, Sept. 5, in Jonesboro.

The annual FOIA Road Shows offer training and assistance on FOIA matters to public officials and others interested in learning more about the Act. Arkansas has one of the most comprehensive and strongest open meetings and open records laws in the country.

The Road Show in Jonesboro will be at the Arkansas State University Convocation Center auditorium on Thursday, Sept. 5, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event is free but registration is required. To register, email or call (501) 374-1500.

“The public has a right to know about the actions of their local and state governments, and the Freedom of Information Act allows for that,” McDaniel said. “The law was enacted in 1967 for the benefit of the people of Arkansas, so it’s important that Arkansans understand how the law works. The Act makes for better-informed citizens and a better government.”

At the Jonesboro road show and at subsequent workshops, attorneys with the Attorney General’s Office will offer in-depth presentations on the law’s applicability and its exemptions. Also scheduled are panel discussions with journalists and attorneys familiar with the FOIA.

Attorneys who attend the event are eligible for two hours of Continuing Legal Education credit.

Upcoming road shows will be in Fort Smith on Sept. 26, Bentonville on Sept. 27, Little Rock on Oct. 18 and Texarkana on Nov. 7.

For more information about the FOIA road shows, visit