Last week, the Arkansas Supreme Court accepted CDIA’s amicus brief in PBSA v. Jones where we urged the Court to “again reiterate that public records should remain open to the public, and to deter courthouses across the state from implementing policies that frustrate such rights of access.” With its amici partners, the Sue Weaver CAUSE, and Coalition for Sensible Public Records Access, CDIA wrote that neither the Bentonville District Court nor any other official can violate the public’s right of access to public-record information as permitted by Arkansas’s FOIA. The Court also granted amici petitions from the National Consumer Reporting Association and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.
Eric J. Ellman is Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Legal Affairs at the Consumer Data Industry Association (CDIA) in Washington, DC. He also served for eight months as Interim President and CEO of the Association. More