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Re: Freedom of Information Act Request
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act, The Sunshine Act 5 U.S.C. § 552b, and Ark. Code Ann. § 25-19-101, et seq., I request that a photo copy of the following documents be provided to me:
I am a private citizen seeking information concerning your public official surety bond, or the Errors & Omissions (E&O), and or the Duty of Care policy that you are required by the state of Arkansas to obtain before swearing the oath of office.
HB1763: On April 8 the Arkansas Senate approved the enactment of House Bill 1763. The so-called “monster bill” reorganizes the whole state government of Arkansas, and reduces the number of state departments.
The purpose of the bill is to achieve greater efficiency in the workings of the state administration, as well as savings. To achieve such efficiency, the bill introduces requirements for public official surety bonds on some government levels and eliminates them on others.
In Arkansas, a new bill titled HB1763 requires all cabinet-level department secretaries to post a $10,000 surety Bond to secure the faithful performance of their duties.
The new law consolidates several agencies so that some public official bonds will be eliminated, including the $10,000 Bond Requirement for the Executive Director of the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, the $25,000 bond requirement for the State Forester, the $10,000 bond requirement for the Director of the Department of Parks and Tourism, the bond required for the State Forester’s assistants who disburse funds, the bond required for the Secretary-treasurer of the Veterinary Medical Examining Board, the bond requirement for employees of the Arkansas Motor Vehicle Commission, and the fidelity bond required for the employees of the Bank Commissioner.
Public Official Surety Bond requests fall under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552, The Sunshine Act 5 U.S.C. § 552b, Ark. Code Ann. § 25-19-101, et seq., and by law you are obligated to supply me with this information.
It is public knowledge in the State of Arkansas that all school boards in the state and the superintendents are required to be bonded, carry a surety liability insurance policy, an Errors & Omissions, or a Duty of Care policy.
Thank you for your consideration of this request.
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