Panel endorses limit for open-records law

UA, ASU say bill needed for court cases

Posted: March 18, 2017 at 3:13 a.m.

Rep. Clarke Tucker, D-Little Rock (right), describes his proposal to create a panel of lawyers to review public-records requests that have been denied. Former legislator Dan Greenberg of the Advance Arkansas Institute also spoke in support of the bill on Friday.

A bill to halt public access to government records related to "pending or threatened" litigation -- which opponents say would undermine the intent of Arkansas' Freedom of Information Act -- is expected to go before the state House of Representatives for a vote on Monday, says supporter Rep. Bob Ballinger, R-Berryville.

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