The Arkansas Pro Chapter of the SPJ, the Arkansas Press Women, and the Arkansas Press Association will host a panel discussion from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, March 15, on the Freedom of Information Act and how it is being impacted by legislation in the 2013 General Assembly, which is currently underway.

Panelists are state Sen. Eddie Joe Williams of Cabot, state Sen. David Johnson of Little Rock, APA Executive Director Tom Larimer; and Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities President and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist Rex Nelson. The moderator will be Eric Francis, president of the Arkansas Pro chapter.

The discussion will focus on:
HB 1300 — Public Water System Security and its Sunshine Clause (Rep. Collins)
HB 1327 — School Safety (Rep. Wright)
SB 131 — Concealed Weapons (Sen. Holland)
SB 225 — Minors involved in vehicle accidents (Sen. Williams)

The discussion will be held in the conference room of the Arkansas Press Association and lunch will be provided. Please join us for this important panel about a topic that impacts not only journalists, but all Arkansans.