How to get information AR DHS contracts?
They denied our initial request because we are not AR citizens. Please provide any help.
The Arkansas Freedom of Information Act says that, “[e]xcept as otherwise specifically provided by this section or by laws specifically enacted to provide otherwise, all public records shall be open to inspection and copying by any citizen of the State of Arkansas during the regular business hours of the custodian of the records.” Ark. Code Ann. § 25-19-105(a)(1)(A). According to the address on your signature block, you are not a citizen of this state. Therefore, the request is denied.
Sincerely, Andrew Marsh
Arkansas Department of Human Services Office of Chief Counsel P.O. Box 1437, S260 Little Rock, AR 72203-1437 Telephone: (501) 320-6347 Facsimile: (501) 682-8009 Andrew.Marsh@dhs.arkansas.gov
You’ll have to proxy the request through a citizen of the state, unfortunately.
Muckrock has volunteers in Arkansas who will proxy the request for you. Requests that are rejected for in state citizenship issues will be automatically refiled with a proxy filer at no additional charge to you. Agencies known to enforce these policies will automatically file with a proxy on the initial request.