Attorney General, Press Association Publish 17th Edition of Arkansas Freedom of Information Handbook
January 13, 2016
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and the Arkansas Press Association today announced that the 17th edition of the Freedom of Information Handbook is now available online and in print.
“The Arkansas Freedom of Information Act is one of the most comprehensive in the country,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “It is considered one of the strongest and best models for open government, and I am pleased to join with the Arkansas Press Association to ensure that government officials, journalists and citizens across the State are informed about and correctly adhering to the law.”
“It is an important joint endeavor, and we print some 25,000 copies of the handbook after each legislative session to help inform public office holders as to their responsibilities under Arkansas’ strong open government laws,” said Tres Williams, communications director and chief lobbyist for the Arkansas Press Association. “We also make the publication widely available to stress to all the importance of the Freedom of Information Act in preserving transparency and ensuring citizen involvement in the institutions they fund.”
The Arkansas Freedom of Information Act was enacted by the General Assembly in 1967 after a strong push from a coalition of citizens and journalists and with the support of then-Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller. The bill passed the House and Senate without a dissenting vote. Gov. Rockefeller later reflected that passage of the FOIA was one of the most significant achievements of his time in office.
Print copies of the handbook are available upon request from the Attorney General’s office by calling (501) 682-2007, and electronic copies of the handbook are available at ArkansasAG.gov and at ArkansasPress.org.