Sunshine Week a dark time this year

From TheCabin.net:

Thank goodness the legislators across the state let us know they support Arkansas’ vanguard Freedom of Information Act. Routinely, they begin conversations saying, “I support the Freedom of Information Act.” If a “but” follows that opening clause, well, at least we know where they stand about the people’s right to know what their government is doing.

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NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for May 11, 2012

A few state FOIA and local open government news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier in the week:

Is secrecy justified in George Zimmerman case?

On the very first day George Zimmerman faced a judge on charges of murdering Trayvon Martin, it appeared the special prosecutor and Zimmerman's attorney were working together to keep certain records secret.

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Arkansas attorney general’s office says open-records law allows videotaping of public meetings

From The Republic:

The city council of a northern Arkansas town does not have the right to ban video recordings of its public meetings, according to an opinion from the state attorney general.

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