Little Rock adds FOIA information to website

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LITTLE ROCK — The City of Little Rock launched a webpage on Friday to better facilitate requests under the Freedom of Information Act and notify the public of all FOIA requests the city receives.

The page, LittleRock.gov/foia, contains a form that residents of Arkansas can use to submit their claims. It also contains information about how the city handles FOIA requests and offers information about the law. Requesters are encouraged to use the web form or email FOIA requests to the City FOIA Coordinator at FOIA@LittleRock.gov.

Another feature of the page is an updated list of every application received by the City of Little Rock for 2022.

It is planned to eventually include on the page a direct link to some of the most common public records sought by the public, as well as links to many of the records provided to the public for specific FOIA responses.

These features will likely go live after September 1, which is the target implementation date for new software the city purchased to handle FOIA requests more effectively and efficiently.

“When we learned of the inefficiencies in our FOIA process this week, we immediately responded,” said Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. “Creating an easy-to-use web page with contact information and additional information about our FOIA requests is a step toward improving our response to public records requests.

On Tuesday, Mayor Scott announced several FOIA-related changes in addition to the creation of a new webpage. Those changes included the creation of a new FOIA division at City Hall headed by Chief Assistant District Attorney Alex Betton.

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