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Utility must disclose ratepayer's information, court rules

By The Associated Press

This article was published April 3, 2014 at 10:39 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Supreme Court says that a municipal utility cannot withhold a ratepayer's home address under the state's Freedom of Information Act.

Justices on Thursday reversed a Monroe County judge's ruling that the Brinkley Water and Sewer Department was not required to release a ratepayer's home address in response to an open records request. The utility had cited privacy concerns in withholding the ratepayer's address.

The Supreme Court ruled that the municipal utility didn't point to any law that exempts the address from release under the state's FOIA. Justices said whether to grant such exemptions are a matter for the Legislature, not the court to decide.

Justice Cliff Hoofman dissented, saying he didn't believe the Legislature intended for public utility ratepayer addresses to be released.

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KMS says... April 3, 2014 at 11:36 a.m.

Now this scary and a law needs to be enacted that someone can't just willy-nilly get your address because you have utilities on in your home. What about stalkers? What about people who are in the middle of a divorce and one party threatens the other ? Does Right to Privacy not apply here? No, there needs to be a danged good reason to get this information.

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TheBatt says... April 3, 2014 at 1:16 p.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court is out of control...

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