LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (November 2, 2017) – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and the Arkansas Press Association have published the 18th edition of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Handbook, which is now available online and in print.
“This edition of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act Handbook updates changes made to the law by the General Assembly in 2017,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I take great pride in knowing that the Arkansas FOIA is one of the most comprehensive at fostering open government in the country. I am committed to educating government officials, journalists and all Arkansans about the law to ensure our citizens have access to public information.”
"The FOIA Handbook has for many years been a handy reference for Arkansas's elected and appointed officials and for custodians of public records who have responsibilities under the state's Freedom of Information Act," said Tom Larimer, executive director of the Arkansas Press Association. "We are happy to again partner with the Office of the Arkansas Attorney General in producing this guide to the FOIA, and in promoting transparency in government at all levels in Arkansas."
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.