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Justices hear arguments over Ark. FOI law ruling

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By ANDREW DeMILLO
Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - An attorney for a west Arkansas city says the state Supreme Court should order legislators to define what constitutes a meeting under the state's Freedom of Information act after a judge ruled part of the law was unconstitutional.

Justices heard arguments Thursday over a Sebastian County judge's ruling that struck down the law's criminal penalty. Arguments focused more on whether a series of 1-1-one meetings between a city administrator and board members constituted a meeting.

Fort Smith City Attorney Jerry Canfield said the law is too vague on what constitutes a meeting and said justices should tell the Legislature to define it. An attorney for Joey McCutchen, who had sued the city, said the one-on-one meetings undermined the law by allowing an administrator to secretly pitch an ordinance to directors.

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