Robert Steinbuch, a professor of law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s William H. Bowen School of Law, will serve another term on Arkansas’s Freedom of Information Act Task Force.
The Arkansas Freedom of Information Act Coalition voted this month to re-appoint Steinbuch as the coalition’s representative to the task force. The coalition is a group of journalists, educators, government officials, and advocates committed to protecting the state’s open records and open meetings laws.
The FOIA Task Force has nine members and is responsible for making recommendations to the Arkansas General Assembly about potential legislation that would amend or impact the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.
“My parents taught me that citizen involvement is the first check on tyranny, and that begins in Arkansas with the Freedom of Information Act,” Steinbuch said. “It’s, therefore, an honor and privilege to be reappointed to the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act Task Force. I will continue to zealously advocate for the fine citizens of the great state of Arkansas and the people’s law – the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.”
Steinbuch has participated in numerous informational panels on FOIA, is a coauthor of the definitive treatise on the Arkansas FOIA, and has advised legislators and staff on proposed revisions to the Arkansas and federal FOIA laws. The coalition first appointed Steinbuch to the position when the Arkansas Legislature established the state FOIA Task Force in 2017.