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2 bills bad news for open-records law, experts say

Two legislative bills scheduled for an Arkansas House committee hearing today would gut the state law that gives taxpayers access to public records, according to a law professor and the director of the Arkansas Press Association.

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jwheelii says...

ANY weakening of FOIA simply fertilizes corruption. BTW, I would love to see an explanation of the 3000 hours required to copy 3696 hours of radio communication.

Posted 1 March 2017, 11:07 a.m. Suggest removal

NoUserName says...

There are some things legitimately excluded from FOIA. My guess is somebody has to listen to the recordings.

Posted 1 March 2017, 11:35 a.m. Suggest removal

jwheelii says...

NoUserName: Not disagreeing, but there are audio programs available that can eliminate dead space, speed up the recording while maintaining pitch for understandability, transcribe to written text, recognize protected PII, redact PII and “exempt” information, etc. Also, there may be some channels which would not have the full 168 hours of speech or were not even utilized during the particular date range requested. True, at some point, a human would need to review before final release, but the time required would likely be far less than the stated 3000 hours.

Posted 1 March 2017, 12:10 p.m. Suggest removal

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