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      Justices hear arguments over Ark. FOI law ruling

      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.

      Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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