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Governor Asa Hutchinson Makes Official Call for Special Legislative Session

Published: 05/20/2015

Agenda Items Focus on Economic Development and Government Efficiencies

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson has made the official call to legislators for a special session of the 90th General Assembly that will convene Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Along with the official call, the Governor has announced all items on the special session agenda below.

Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement:

“This limited agenda focuses on job creation and economic development, while highlighting government efficiencies that will ultimately result in savings to all Arkansas taxpayers.” 

Agenda items are as follows:

  • To consider an Amendment 82 “super project” at Highland Industrial Park in Calhoun County.
     
  • To consider reorganization of state agencies to provide efficiencies, better services and savings:

           »  Merging the Arkansas Department of Rural Services (ADRS) with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC)

           »  Merging the Arkansas Science & Technology Authority (ASTA) with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC)

           »  Merging the Arkansas Building Authority (ABA) with the Department of Finance and Administration (DFA)
          
           »  Merging the Division of Land Survey with the Arkansas Geographic Information Office (AGIO)
     
  • To make a minor fix to DWI law to assure continuation of federal highway funds.
     
  • To ensure that state law aligns with potential changes in federal law regarding farm-equipment traffic on a new section of interstate highway.
     
  • To correct technical errors made to bills when amendments were engrossed.
     
  • To move the full Arkansas primary elections from May to March.
     
  • To move the General Assembly’s fiscal session from February to April.
     
  • To honor Johnson County Deputy Sheriff Sonny Smith.
     
  • To confirm Gubernatorial appointments.

Governor Hutchinson will sign the official proclamation later today. Once signed, it will be posted on the Governor’s website, here: http://governor.arkansas.gov/proclamations/index


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Governor Hutchinson on the Passing of George W.B. Haley

Published: 05/18/2015

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson issued the following statement on the death of George W.B. Haley:

“George Haley left a lasting mark on American jurisprudence, government and public service. He lived a large and historic life — from being just the second African-American to receive a law degree from the U of A to working on a historic civil-rights case with Thurgood Marshall and going on to serve under seven presidents. George Haley’s life reads like a novel written by his older brother, Alex. 

“All the while, George Haley’s commitment and love for Arkansas shone through. He often traveled back to his beloved U of A School of Law and mentored many from the school, including the former Dean, Cynthia Nance, and my Labor Director, Leon Jones Jr. George Haley will be missed, and his example of public service should be applauded and followed.”

George W.B. Haley was a distinguished attorney, diplomat and policy expert who served in seven presidential administrations, including being appointed U.S. Ambassador to The Gambia in West Africa by President Clinton. One of two younger brothers of Pulitzer prize-winning author Alex Haley, Ambassador Haley once resided in Pine Bluff before entering Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he was a classmate and contemporary of Martin Luther King, Jr.

As the second African-American to receive a Law degree from the University of Arkansas, Haley worked with attorney Thurgood Marshall on the landmark case Brown v. Topeka, Kansas, Board of Education, which challenged the separate-but-equal ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court in Plessy v. Ferguson.

Haley’s government posts included chief counsel of the Federal Transit Administration from 1969 to 1973 and general counsel and congressional liaison of the U.S. Information Agency, now part of the State Department, from 1976 to 1977. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush appointed Haley chairman of the Postal Rate Commission.

 


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Presidential Proclamation—Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, 2015

Published: 05/15/2015

PEACE OFFICERS MEMORIAL DAY AND POLICE WEEK, 2015

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

 

A PROCLAMATION

Each May, our Nation salutes the American women and men who put their lives on the line every day to maintain public safety and hold accountable those who break the law. On Peace Officers Memorial Day and during Police Week, we recognize all those who have dedicated their lives to this vital task. With heavy hearts, we mourn the heroes taken from us only because they chose to serve, and we rededicate ourselves to carrying forward their noble legacy.

Our law enforcement officers have extraordinarily tough jobs. They regularly work in dangerous environments and in difficult, high-tension situations. And they often face challenges deeply rooted in systemic problems and broader social issues. These professionals serve to protect their communities and strengthen their Nation, and they deserve to go home safely to their loved ones at the end of each shift. As President, I am committed to making sure America's dedicated police officers receive the support and recognition they have earned, and to doing all I can to protect those who protect us.

One important way to make policing safer and more effective is by continuing to enhance relations and trust between law enforcement and the neighborhoods they serve. This will make it easier and safer for police officers to do their jobs, and it will strengthen the places we live and work. This important task will require our Nation -- our communities, our law enforcement, and our leaders at every level -- to come together to commit to meeting this challenge and moving our country forward, block by block and neighborhood by neighborhood. As President, I firmly believe it is within our power to make progress in our time, and I am dedicated to partnering with all those who are willing to do this necessary work.

My Administration is taking concrete steps to implement the commonsense, pragmatic recommendations my Task Force on 21st Century Policing put forward based on input from law enforcement personnel as well as criminal justice experts, community leaders, and civil liberties advocates. And we are engaging with local jurisdictions so they can begin to make the changes that will help ensure that police officers and their communities are partners in battling crime and that everyone feels safe on and off the job.

Our Nation's police officers are mentors in our schools, familiar faces on the corner, and pillars of our communities. They keep our borders secure and our roads safe, and in times of crisis, they rush toward tragedy. They are hardworking mothers, fathers, daughters, and sons who have dedicated their lives to public service, working every day to build a brighter future for their families and their Nation. Their selfless commitment and daily sacrifice represent what is possible for every city, town, and reservation in America, and our country has an enormous opportunity to lift up the very best law enforcement personnel as examples -- not just to other officers, but to all who aspire to lives of good citizenship. This week and every week, let us remember the patriots who laid down their lives for ours and honor all who strive to make our Nation more safe, more free, and more just.

By a joint resolution approved October 1, 1962, as amended (76 Stat. 676), and by Public Law 103-322, as amended (36 U.S.C. 136-137), the President has been authorized and requested to designate May 15 of each year as "Peace Officers Memorial Day" and the week in which it falls as "Police Week."

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 15, 2015, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and May 10 through May 16, 2015, as Police Week. I call upon all Americans to observe these events with appropriate ceremonies and activities. I also call on the Governors of the United States and its Territories, and appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day. I further encourage all Americans to display the flag at half-staff from their homes and businesses on that day.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.

BARACK OBAMA


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Governor Asa Hutchinson Declares Disaster Area; Assesses Damage in SW Arkansas

Published: 05/11/2015

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today issued a proclamation declaring Franklin, Garland, Howard, Izard, Johnson, Montgomery, Newton, Pike, Pope and Searcy counties a disaster area. Severe storms, flooding and tornadoes that began May 8 killed two Arkansans and damaged private property and public facilities in these counties. The governor issued the proclamation upon touring the affected areas Monday afternoon.

Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement:

“It’s always difficult to see the damage inflicted by deadly storms and tornadoes. Our hearts and prayers go out to those in the Nashville area who were affected by the recent weather, especially the family of those who died from Sunday’s tornado. 

“As Arkansans, we all hold our breath when we hear about severe weather. Sadly, we’ve been through this before, and we know how devastating these storms can be. But Arkansans help out each other. We always have. We always will. And I know the compassion of Arkansans will reach those in these difficult circumstances.” 


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Governor Asa Hutchinson To Call Special Legislative Session

Published: 05/11/2015

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson intends to call a special session of the Arkansas General Assembly for a limited purpose to consider an Amendment 82 bond issue for a “super project” industrial opportunity in south Arkansas. If approved, this project would create, over time, almost 600 jobs while securing more than 1,100 jobs for the life of the project. An official call for the special session set for May 26th will go out later this month.

“Job creation and economic development is the No. 1 priority for my administration, and we have a great opportunity here to create hundreds of new, good-paying jobs in Arkansas — and retain hundreds more,” Governor Hutchinson said. “If approved by the legislature, this project would not only create hundreds of jobs, but it would also put Arkansas on the map in terms of vehicle assembly and the potential for a major defense contract. Of course, any obligation to the state will be conditioned upon an actual award from the United States Army.”

Approved by voters in 2004, Amendment 82 allows the state to issue bonds to finance infrastructure and other needs in order to attract major projects to the state of Arkansas.


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AHECB Adopts Workforce Grant Guidelines and Discusses Master Plan

Published: 05/08/2015


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Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Intent to Grant Executive Clemency

Published: 05/08/2015

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced his intent to grant two pardons and one restoration of firearms rights only. An additional 148 clemency requests were denied and 28 had no action taken upon them. These include requests from both inmates and non-inmates.

The two applicants intended for pardons and the applicant intended for restoration of firearms rights only have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole and probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences. There is a 30-day waiting period to receive public feedback on the notices before final action is taken.

Governor Hutchinson intends to grant pardons to the following people:

John J. Herron (Hot Springs): Criminal Attempt to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Use of Paraphernalia to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Ephedrine Possession, and Possession of a Controlled Substance, Marijuana

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2002 - Clark County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law-enforcement objections to the application.

Stephen A. Wiman (Russellville): Manufacture of a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Controlled Substance

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1998 – Stone County), the fact that all terms of the applicant's sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law-enforcement objections to the application.

Governor Hutchinson intends to grant restoration of firearms rights only to the following person:

Todd R. Smith (Jonesboro): Breaking or Entering

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1999 - Craighead County), the fact that all terms of the applicant's sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations.  There are no law-enforcement objections to the application.


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Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Members of the Working Group on Highway Funding

Published: 05/06/2015

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced the members of the Working Group on Highway Funding as directed by executive order. Members are as follows:

Duncan Baird, Budget Director for Governor Hutchinson, Chairman

Scott Bennett, Director of the State Highway and Transportation Department

Alec Farmer, State Highway Commissioner Appointee

Rep. Dan Douglas, House Public Transportation Committee Appointee

Sen. Bill Sample, Senate Transportation, Technology & Legislative Affairs Committee Appointee 

Rep. Andy Davis, Joint Budget Committee Appointee

Cleburne County Judge Jerry Holmes, Countywide Elected Official Appointee

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin, Municipal Elected Official

Randy Zook, Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce Appointee

Philip Taldo, Arkansas Economic Development Commission Appointee

Brett Powell, Department of Higher Education Appointee

Larry Walther or his designee, Department of Finance & Administration Appointee

Guy Washburn, Arkansas Asphalt Pavement Association, At-large Appointee

Shannon Newton, Arkansas Truckers Association, At-large Appointee

Scott McGeorge, President of Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel, At-large Appointee

Craig Douglass, Arkansas Good Roads and Transportation Council, At-large Appointee

Jackson Williams, Attorney at Williams & Anderson PLC, At-large Appointee

Frank Scott Jr., State Highway Commissioner, At-large Appointee

Dr. Robin Bowen, President of Arkansas Tech University, At-large Appointee

Rep. Prissy Hickerson, At-large Appointee


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Bids Awarded for Public School Broadband Expansion Projects

Published: 05/06/2015

LITTLE ROCK - All bids have been awarded to telecommunications contractors and work is set to begin this summer on an ambitious statewide project to enhance broadband capacity in Arkansas public schools. The goal is to provide Internet access that will not only meet national standards but also exceed them so that Arkansas schools can plan improvements in technology offerings far into the future...

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Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Computer Science Tour of Arkansas High Schools

Published: 05/05/2015

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson will travel to several Arkansas high schools throughout the month of May to encourage students to sign up for newly offered computer science courses for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year. All schools listed will perform, or have been encouraged to perform, an hour of code with their student body before the Governor’s address. Other schools, dates, and times will be announced later this month.

Wednesday, May 6
Rogers High School
9:00 AM
2300 S Dixieland Rd.
Rogers, AR

Springdale High School
10:15 AM
101 South Pleasant St.
Springdale, AR

Fort Smith Northside High School
1:30 PM
2301 North B St.
Fort Smith, AR

Friday, May 8
Farmington High School
1:30 PM
278 W. Main St.
Farmington, AR

Monday, May 11
Conway High School
9:00 AM
2300 Prince St.
Conway, AR

Mayflower High School
10:15 AM
10 Lesley King Dr.
Mayflower, AR

Arkadelphia High School
2:30 PM
401 High School Rd.
Arkadelphia, AR

Tuesday, May 12
Jonesboro High School
9:30 AM
301 Hurricane Dr.
Jonesboro, AR  

Paragould High School
11:00 PM
1701 W Court St.
Paragould, AR

Friday, May 22
Star City High School
TBD
206 Cleveland St.
Star City, AR


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Governor Asa Hutchinson Names Members to Arkansas Workforce Retention Task Force

Published: 05/04/2015

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson names members to the Arkansas Workforce Task Force to study and evaluate the ways state agencies could increase employee retention, as directed by Act 1068 of 2015 of the regular session.

Members are as follows:

Ann ClemmerBenton

Tori Gordon, Little Rock

Sheila Gunter, Beebe

Willie Jones, Malvern


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Legislature Adjourns 2015 Session Sine Die

Published: 04/30/2015

LITTLE ROCK - After a 19-day recess, the legislature officially ended the 2015 regular session on April 22, when it completed a few housekeeping measures and adjourned sine die. The legislative session began on January 12 and lasted until April 2, when lawmakers finished business. The recess allowed time for proofing and processing the 1,289 bills that became acts. In all, 2,063 were introduced ...

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Governor Asa Hutchinson Names Members to Legislative Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force

Published: 04/27/2015

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson names members to the Legislative Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force as directed by the Criminal Justice Reform Act of 2015, or Act 895, of the regular session. The task force will meet for the first time on Thursday, April 30th at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will take place in the Big Mac Building behind the state Capitol. Members are as follows:

Judge Gary Arnold, Specialty Court Judge

Judge Cristi Beaumont, Specialty Court Judge

Sheriff Tim Helder, Washington County Sheriff

Ken Casady, Saline County Prosecuting Attorney

Chief Kent Buckner, City of Little Rock Police Chief

Steve Newsome, LCSW, President/CEO of Counseling Asso. Inc., Medicaid Provider

Robin Raveendran, Medicaid Provider

John Wesley Hall, Attorney, At-Large Member

Tjuana Byrd, Attorney, At-Large Member

Drew Baker, Business Proprietor, At-Large Member

Senator Jeremy Hutchinson, Senate Judiciary Chairman

Representative Matthew Shepherd, House of Representatives Judiciary Chairman

Benny Magness, Chairman, AR Board of Corrections

John Felts, Chairman, AR Parole Board

Wendy Kelley, Director, Department of Corrections

Sheila Sharp, Director, Arkansas Community Corrections

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Arkansas Public School Report Cards to Include a Letter Grade, from A to F

Published: 04/23/2015

LITTLE ROCK - Individual public schools received a letter grade, from A to F, on school report cards issued by the state Education Department. The legislature mandated the letter grades in Act 696 of 2013 to make the school report cards easier for parents to understand. Among other things, the report cards indicate how well individual schools are teaching mathematics and literacy, based on st...

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Governor Asa Hutchinson Supports Buffalo River Watershed Moratorium

Published: 04/22/2015

LITTLE ROCK – Today Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that he supports reinstating a 180-day moratorium on issuing permits for medium and large scale animal-feeding operations in the Buffalo River watershed.

Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement:

“I think the public will understand the need to reinstate a 180-day moratorium on issuing permits for medium to large scale animal-feeding operations in the Buffalo River watershed to allow proposed rulemaking process to be completed.  In addition, a five-year sunset clause for rulemaking is appropriate and will provide a needed deadline for action. This way, there is time for the University of Arkansas to complete its independent study to determine any impact of current feeding operations on the watershed.

“Science and facts will drive our future decisions. In the meantime, we’ll do everything we can to protect the watershed while the facts are collected.”

 


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Governor Asa Hutchinson Launches New Website; Highlights Entire State

Published: 04/22/2015

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson has launched a new website for governor.arkansas.gov. This new site design is intended to reach beyond the Little Rock bubble and into the homes and offices of all Arkansans. It features all areas of our great state and highlights Governor Hutchinson’s focus on job creation, economic development, computer science, and a whole lot more.

Governor Hutchinson released the following statement:

“Welcome to our new website. That is, welcome to your website. Our ultimate goal in launching this new site is to create an accessible, functional and fun way for all Arkansans to keep track of what we’re doing, where we’re going and how we’re getting there. By being ‘place-based,’ you’ll know when I’m coming your way, and our growing database of Natural State photographs — many submitted by Arkansans — highlight cities and towns from every region. Thank you for stopping by, and I hope to see you again and again.”

WEBSITE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • GEOLOCATION – When you log on, this new site will establish your location and, in turn, provide a local feel, including the name and photo of that location. To change the location, click on the city and start typing.
     
  • PHOTOS – Nearly every photo you see on this website was provided by an Arkansan who lives in that specified area.
     
  • METRICS – The four blue circles at the top of the homepage keep track of Governor Hutchinson’s “Promises Kept.” These metrics will update on a regular basis and switch in and out from time to time. At this time, the four metrics are: “Taxes Cut,” “Jobs Created,” “Businesses Created or Expanded,” and “Promises Kept.” Each metric is clickable and takes viewers to a specific page.
     
  • “PROMISES KEPT” – This page measures the promises made by the Governor. They are broken down into: GREEN (“Completed”); YELLOW (“Completed, Ongoing”); or BLUE (“In Process”). Most promises lead to a specific page.
     
  • LIVE TILES – In the middle of the homepage you will find the “live tiles” section where specific content will be highlighted. Use the arrows to the left and right of the tiles to navigate through the highlighted content.
     
  • MENU – Click the menu icon (some know it as the “hamburger”) in the top right corner for all other content, including: “Our Office” (Boards & Commissions, Proclamations, Executive Orders), “Online Services” (Scheduling Requests, Proclamations Requests, State Seal Use Form, Internship Application, Citizen Alerts, Flag Status, etc.), “Contact Us” and Social Media links.
     
  • “ASA ON THE ROAD” – When activated, this interactive map at the bottom of the homepage shows you where Governor Hutchinson is going to be (GREEN), where he’s been (RED) and your location (BLUE).
     
  • COMPUTER SCIENCE INITITIVE – This portion of the site is a one-of-a-kind, fully interactive page focusing on the Governor’s computer science initiative. There’s information, videos, computer coding games, resources, etc.
     
  • “ASA & SUSAN” – This is a unique – yet simple – take on the typical “About” section. Considering that the Governor and First Lady have been married for 41 years, it’s fitting that this tile takes you to a page featuring the two of them. This page will develop over time. In the meantime, feel free to click on the “More About Asa” or “More About Susan” link to get to their full, individual bio pages.

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Legislature Approves Overhaul of Vocational Education System

Published: 04/16/2015

LITTLE ROCK - Among the most important economic development legislation approved this year are three new laws that dramatically restructure how Arkansas trains people for the technical job skills they need to work in today's work place. The governor and the sponsors of the three bills described them as foundational and momentum changing, adding that they will make Arkansas more competitive in r...

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Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Appointments

Published: 04/14/2015

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced the following appointments:

Sheriff Boyd Hicks, Magazine, to the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training. Appointment expires January 14, 2022. Replaces Randall Morris.

Lieutenant Stacie Rhoads, Bigelow, to the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training. Appointment expires January 14, 2016. Replaces Jami Cook.

Shelia Magness, Star City, to the Arkansas Fire Protection Services Board. Appointment expires March 31, 2018. Replaces David Kirkpatrick.

Dr. Douglas Parker, Gravette, to the Veterinary Medical Examining Board. Appointment expires March 1, 2020. Reappointment.

Sarah Martin, Fayetteville, to Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission. Appointment expires January 14, 2018. Replaces Rebecca Rains.

Vanessa Crossfield, North Little Rock, to the Advisory Committee on Petroleum Storage Tanks. Appointment expires December 31, 2018. Reappointment.

Beverly Lambert, North Little Rock, to the Arkansas Local Police and Fire Retirement System. Appointment expires January 1, 2019. Reappointment.

Robert Downum, Springdale, to the Arkansas Home Inspector Registration Board. Appointment expires January 26, 2017.

Jane Phillips, Hot Springs, to the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission. Appointment expires January 14, 2021. Replaces Dianne Hammond.

Chief Allen “AJ” Gary, Conway, to the Criminal Justice Institute Advisory Board. Appointment expires January 14, 2019. Reappointment.

Officer John Murphy, Tumbling Shoals, to the Criminal Justice Institute Advisory Board. Appointment expires January 14, 2019. Reappointment.

Sheriff William “Andy” Shock, Conway, to the Criminal Justice Institute Advisory Board. Appointment expires January 14, 2019. Replaces Sheriff Charles Lucas.

Steven Shults, Pocahontas, to the Criminal Justice Institute Advisory Board. Appointment expires January 14, 2019. Replaces Steven Thomason.

William Wright, Little Rock, to the Contractors Licensing Board. Appointment expires December 31, 2019. Reappointment.

Sara Lenehan, Little Rock, to the Arkansas Fire and Police Pension Review Board. Appointment expires January 1, 2016. Replaces Jackie McPherson.

Steven Miller, Pine Bluff, to the Arkansas Fire and Police Pension Review Board. Appointment expires January 1, 2016. Replaces Chris Claybaker.

William Willis, Hot Springs, to the Arkansas Geological Survey. Appointment expires January 14, 2022. Reappointment.

David Chris Gardner, Paragould, to the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission.  Appointment expires March 29, 2019.  Replaces William Thompson.

Dr. Wesley Stites, Fayetteville, to the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission.  Appointment expires March 29, 2019.  Replaces John Simpson.

John Nabholz, Conway, to the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority.  Appointment expires January 14, 2019.  Replaces Heartsill Ragon.

Daniel Williams, Little Rock, to the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority.  Appointment expires January 14, 2019.  Replaces John Miller.

Ed Winant, Rogers, to the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority.  Appointment expires January 14, 2019.  Replaces Robert Sproles.

Dr. Scott McKay, Magnolia, to the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority.  Appointment expires January 14, 2019.  Replaces Cesar Compadre.

David Rosegrant, Pine Bluff, to the Board of Developmental Disabilities Services.  Appointment expires January 15, 2022.  Reappointment.

Lenora Erickson, Hot Springs, to the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling.  Appointment expires December 1, 2017.  Replaces Philip Hestand.

Cheryl Edwards, Fort Smith, to the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling.  Appointment expires December 1, 2017.  Replaces Mark Coffman.

Dr. Art Gillaspy, Conway, to the Arkansas Psychology Board.  Appointment expires December 31, 2019.  Replaces Lisa McNeir.

Dr. Betty Everett, Little Rock, to the Arkansas Psychology Board.  Appointment expires December 31, 2019.  Replaces Gary Souheaver.

Randy Fore, Mountain Home, to the Arkansas Board of Hearing Instrument Dispensers.  Appointment expires July 31, 2017.  Replaces Linda Lowry.

Harold “Hal” Gunter, Jacksonville, to the Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners.  Appointment expires June 9, 2018.  Replaces Weldon Roberts.

Ann Xu, Hot Springs, to the Board of Visitors for the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts.  Appointment expires January 14, 2021.  Replaces Karen Garcia.

Steve Faris, Hot Springs, to the Board of Visitors for the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts.  Appointment expires January 14, 2021.  Replaces Luther Lowe.

Tasha Sinclair, El Dorado, to the South Arkansas Community College Board of Trustees.  Appointment expires December 31, 2020.  Replaces Marc Parnell.

Robert Fagan, Little Rock, to the Arkansas State Independent Living Council.  Appointment expires February 1, 2018.  Reappointment.

Sarah Faitak, Fayetteville, to the Breast Cancer Control Advisory Board.  Appointment expires January 1, 2019.  Reappointment.

Dr. Jerri Fant, Little Rock, to the Breast Cancer Control Advisory Board.  Appointment expires January 1, 2019.  Reappointment.

Duane Neal, Bentonville, to the Arkansas Motor Vehicle Commission.  Appointment expires January 14, 2022.  Replaces Bobby Ferguson.

William Varner, Fulton, to the Arkansas Waterways Commission.  Appointment expires January 14, 2022.  Reappointment.

Bill Poynter, Texarkana, to the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission.  Appointment expires January 14, 2022.  Replaces Corbet Lamkin.

Rickey “Buck” Joyner, Morrilton, to the Professional Bail Bondsman Licensing Board.  Appointment expires September 30, 2016.  Replaces Jeremy Rowland.

Joseph Self, Fort Smith, to the State Crime Laboratory Board.  Appointment expires January 14, 2022.  Replaces J. Carter Fairley.

Chuck Graham, Cabot, to the State Crime Laboratory Board.  Appointment expires January 14, 2020.  Replaces Carlton Jones

Jimmy Didier, Fort Smith, to the Arkansas Racing Commission.  Appointment expires January 14, 2020.  Replaces Thomas Akin.

Michael “Denny” East, Marion, to the Arkansas Racing Commission.  Appointment expires January 14, 2020.

Michael Post, Altus, to the Arkansas Racing Commission.  Appointment expires January 14, 2019.

Hani Hashem, Monticello, Special Associate Justice to the Arkansas Supreme Court. CV-14-594. Replaces Justice Paul Danielson.

Vincent Guest, Wynne, Special Associate Justice to the Arkansas Supreme Court. CV-14-594. Replaces Justice Robin Wynne.

Noyl Houston, Jonesboro. Special Associate Justice to the Arkansas Supreme Court. CV-13-721. Replaces Justice Rhonda Wood.

Joseph Self, Fort Smith. Special Associate Justice to the Arkansas Supreme Court. CV-14-1059. Replaces Justice Robin Wynne.   

Henry Kinslow, El Dorado. Special Associate Justice to the Arkansas Supreme Court. CV-14-1060. Replaces Justice Courtney Goodson.

Paul Byrd, Little Rock. Special Associate Justice to the Arkansas Supreme Court. CV-14-618. Replaces Rhonda Wood.

Chalk Mitchell, West Helena. Special Associate Justice to the Arkansas Supreme Court. CV-14-1072. Replaces Paul Danielson.

Rex Terry, Fort Smith. Special Chief Justice to the Arkansas Supreme Court. CV-14-978. Replaces Chief Justice Jim Hannah.


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Governor Asa Hutchinson Appoints Three Special Justices

Published: 04/14/2015

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced the following special justices:

Brett Watson, Searcy, Special Associate Justice to the Arkansas Supreme Court. CV-15-227. Replaces Chief Justice Jim Hannah, who has disqualified himself from the case.

Judge Betty Dickey, Heber Springs, Special Associate Justice to the Arkansas Supreme Court. CV-15-227. Replaces Justice Rhonda Wood, who has disqualified herself from the case.

Judge Shawn Womack, Mountain Home, Special Associate Justice to the Arkansas Supreme Court. CV-15-227. Replaces Justice Paul Danielson, who has disqualified himself from the case.


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National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils Brings Multi-Million Dollar Youth Fitness Campai

Published: 04/10/2015

April 10, 2015  
CONTACT: Bill Bradley
PHONE: (916) 213-5230
bill@me-comm.com

National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils Brings Multi-Million Dollar Youth Fitness Campaign to Arkansas

Fitness Icon Jake Steinfeld and Governor Asa Hutchinson Open National Champion Schools Nominations for Elementary and Middle Schools in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK — Fitness icon Jake Steinfeld, chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils, has declared war on childhood obesity. To help combat this disease, he’s bringing the foundation’s multi-million dollar physical fitness campaign to Arkansas and has engaged Governor Asa Hutchinson to partner in this effort. 

The campaign encourages elementary and middle school educators to think outside the box by implementing innovative ideas in fitness and nutrition for their students. Three schools, selected by the national foundation, will be deemed National Champion Schools and will each be awarded a $100,000 state-of-the-art Live Positively(TM) Fitness Center for its efforts. The nomination process opens today at www.natgovfit.org and will run through mid-June.

"I'm honored to partner with Jake Steinfeld to bring the National Champion Schools campaign to Arkansas schools,” said Governor Asa Hutchinson. “Jake and the foundation have done incredible work around the country in the fight against childhood obesity, and I’m excited that he has chosen Arkansas to take part in this campaign. Childhood obesity is a significant problem in this great state. I believe this program is a step in the right direction for getting our kids fit and healthy, and I would encourage every elementary and middle school in the state to take part in the nomination process. Three schools in the state will become the recipient of a brand new fitness center, but every school participating in the process will be setting its students on the path to a healthier tomorrow.”

The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils program will make its way into all 50 states in the coming years. What sets it apart from other initiatives is that it does not rely on taxpayer dollars or state funding, making it even more attractive to cash-strapped states. Each fitness center is financed through public/private partnerships with companies like The Coca-Cola Company and Nike. In addition, TuffStuff Fitness International equips all of the fitness centers. The national foundation’s goal is to build a nation of the fittest, healthiest kids in the world.

“For many, change can be difficult. It’s often easier to stay with the status quo. Yet, change can also be the start of something new and exciting. The National Champion Schools campaign is that change,” said Jake Steinfeld. “When you have the right tools and the inspiration, anything is possible. Today, we are changing the way our kids think about fitness and physical activity. We’re changing their habits and in the process changing their lives! And now, Arkansas schools have a great opportunity to make a change that will have a lasting impact on kids well into their future. Academics and fitness go hand in hand. We’re not only building bodies, but most importantly we are building confidence and self esteem in these terrific kids. By placing fitness centers in elementary and middle schools, we are certain to see positive, healthy changes. Our children are our most precious resource, and by providing them with a strong foundation in health and fitness, we can feel confident that they’ll excel beyond their wildest dreams.”

Physical activity and exercise are shown to help prevent and treat more than 40 chronic diseases, enhance individual health and quality of life, and reduce health care costs. In schools, studies show that physical activity improves academic achievement, increases confidence and self-esteem, reduces discipline problems, cuts absenteeism and fosters better interpersonal relationships.

For more information about the national foundation or to download a nomination form, visit www.natgovfit.org.

About the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils

The national foundation seeks to encourage and reward innovation in the field of youth fitness by awarding fitness centers to schools that use new and unique methods to promote student physical activity and wellness. The national foundation envisions a fitness center in every school in the United States, helping to build a nation that — through innovation and a "Don’t Quit" attitude — boasts the fittest kids in the world.

 


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2015 Legislative Session Goes Into Recess

Published: 04/09/2015

LITTLE ROCK - Lawmakers ended the 2015 regular session after passing a balanced budget that requires many state agencies to reduce spending next fiscal year. The state general revenue budget next year will be about $5.2 billion, which is about $133 million more than this year. The increase is due to growth in the economy and not to higher tax rates. Public schools, prisons and health services w...

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Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Members of the Computer Science Task Force

Published: 04/03/2015

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson has announced the members of the Computer Science Task Force. The purpose of the Task Force will be: to research and recommend computer science and technology courses and standards; study the computer science and technology needs of the state; recommend strategies to meet the anticipated computer science and technology workforce needs of the state.

Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement:

“This is critical in making sure the computer-science initiative we’ve started in Arkansas continues to advance and lead the nation. Members of this task force will guide the initiative and provide a plan to motivate and assist teachers and schools across the state.”

Members are as follows:

Johnny Key, Department of Education, Commissioner of Education

Tom Chilton, Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Director of Technology Development

Dr. Charisse Childers, Department of Career Education, Director.

Brett Powell, Department of Higher Education, Director.

Daryl Bassett, Department of Workforce Services, Director.

Tim Atkinson, Arkansas Science & Technology Authority, President.

Carl Frank, Arkansas’s Computer Science Teachers Association, President.

Gary Dowdy, Arkansas Academy of Computing, President.

Andy Mayes, Bentonville. IT Solutions teacher, Bentonville High School. President of Arkansas Society for Technology in Education. A High School Computer Science Teacher.

Suzanne Mitchell, Little Rock. Executive Director, Arkansas STEM Coalition. Representative of the Arkansas STEM Coalition.

Rasesh Patel, Little Rock. Director of Product Development, Acxiom. Representative in the field of computer programming.

Dave Wengel, Little Rock. Founder and CEO, iDatafy. At-large member.

John James, Fayetteville. CEO, Acumen Brands. At-large member.

James Hendren, Technology Startup Consultant, Self Employed. Little Rock. At-large member.

David Hopkins, Clarksville. Superintendent, Clarksville School District. At-large member.  


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Governor Asa Hutchinson on the Passing of Former Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt

Published: 04/01/2015

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson issued the following statement on the passing of former Arkansas Third District Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt:

“John Paul Hammerschmidt was an icon of Arkansas and Washington politics. For years, he was the lone Republican member of Arkansas’s congressional delegation, representing the Third Congressional District for 13 terms. As such, he balanced his conservative convictions with a unique ability to work across party lines and accomplish great things for the people of Arkansas. His was the voice heard most clearly and often in the bipartisan effort to preserve the Buffalo as the first National River in the United States.

“Congressman Hammerschmidt was also a leader on transportation issues, helping to build Arkansas’s roads and highways and making the state more competitive nationally. On a personal note, John Paul was a mentor of mine. I was privileged to hold his seat in Congress, and I called on his wise counsel and advice countless times. I will miss him greatly. The state has lost a true statesman and a good man.”

  


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Senate Votes to Build Monument of Ten Commandments on Capitol Grounds

Published: 04/01/2015

LITTLE ROCK - The Senate approved legislation to place a monument of the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the state Capitol. It would be paid for entirely with private donations, but the Secretary of State would be responsible for its placement and design. The Secretary of State's office is in charge of maintenance of the Capitol building and its grounds. If a lawsuit is filed that challeng...

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Governor Hutchinson’s Veto Letter to Senate Concerning SB79

Published: 03/31/2015

Dear Mr. President and Members of the Senate:

Pursuant to Article 6, Section 15 of the Arkansas Constitution, I write to inform you that today I have vetoed Senate Bill 79, which I have returned to you with this letter. I have done so because in its current form it is overbroad, vague and will have  the effect of restricting free speech.

SB79 grants a property right in the use of an individual's name, voice, signature, photograph or likeness and makes this right freely transferable, assignable, and descendible. SB79 provides that this right continues through the individual's lifetime and up to fifty (50) years after the individual's death.  The intent of the bill is to "[p]rotect the names, voices, signatures, photographs, and likenesses of the citizens of the state from exploitation and unauthorized  commercial use without the citizen's consent."  However, the bill as drafted would extend protection beyond the stated intent of the bill, unnecessarily restrict free expression and may result in unnecessary litigation in Arkansas.

SB79 defines "commercial use" to include any use for advertising, fundraising or "obtaining money, goods or services." While the intent is to protect citizens of Arkansas from unauthorized  commercial speech, the definition of "commercial use" to include any use for "obtaining money, goods or services" is too broad and vague.  This language may include speech beyond traditional commercial speech, including expressive speech produced for a profit. This would result in Arkansas having one of the broadest Rights of Publicity statutes in the country and making Arkansas the forum of choice for many litigants.

Additionally, while SB79 provides clear and explicit exemptions for certain types of noncommercial speech including news, public affairs, sports broadcasts and advertising for a political campaign, SB79 fails to extend an exemption to other forms of noncommercial  speech. Instead, SB79 provides that certain expressive works such as plays, books, magazines, newspapers, audiovisual work, and original works of art are only exempt to the extent they are protected by the First Amendment.  I believe the absence of a clear exemption for these types of expressive works will result in unnecessary  litigation in Arkansas courts and will suppress Arkansans who engage in artistic expression from photography to art work.

Moreover, the bill includes inconsistent language that makes it unclear whether a type of speech is completely exempt or is only exempt to the extent it is protected by the First Amendment. For example, SB79 explicitly exempts news and the promotion and advertising for a political campaign.  However, a "work of a political or newsworthy value" is only exempt to the extent it is protected by the First Amendment.  This ambiguity in SB79, and the lack of clear exemptions for certain types of expressive works, may have the effect of restricting and chilling constitutionally protected  speech.

Finally, SB79 includes broad jurisdictional  language to allow a party to file a civil action in any county where one or more defendants reside or a violation occurred. The broad jurisdictional  language allowing a civil action to be brought in any county where a violation occurred in combination with the absence of clear exemptions for certain types of expressive works goes beyond the stated intent of the bill, invites unnecessary litigation in Arkansas courts and encourages forum shopping.

I have received scores of letters from professional and amateur photographers in Arkansas who raise legitimate concerns about the bill and they request the language be amended so that they are not subject to substantial financial burdens in the conduct of their small businesses around the state.

Although I must veto SB79 for the reasons mentioned above, I wish to express my appreciation to its principal sponsor, Senator Woods. While I respect Senator Wood's intent to protect the names, voices, signatures, photographs and likeness of Arkansas citizens, such as the Broyles family, from exploitation and unauthorized commercial use, I cannot support SB79 in its current form.


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Governor Asa Hutchinson Vetoes SB79

Published: 03/31/2015

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson has vetoed Senate Bill 79, a bill with the intent to “protect the names, voices, signatures, photographs, and likenesses of the citizens of the state from exploitation and unauthorized commercial use without the citizen’s consent.” However, the bill as drafted would extend protection beyond the stated intent of the bill, unnecessarily restrict free expression and may result in unnecessary litigation in Arkansas.

Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement upon his veto:

“In its current form, the bill unnecessarily restricts free expression and thus could have a chilling effect on freedom of speech and freedom of the press. In addition, SB79 exempts certain types of noncommercial speech while failing to exempt other forms of noncommercial speech. The absence of these exemptions could result in unnecessary litigation and suppress Arkansans who engage in artistic expression.”


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Secretary Martin Reminds Businesses Franchise Tax Deadline May 1

Published: 03/31/2015

March 31, 2015

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Laura Labay | laura.labay@sos.arkansas.gov | (501) 580-6430

 

 Secretary Martin Reminds Businesses Franchise Tax Deadline May 1

(LITTLE ROCK, AR.) – Secretary of State Mark Martin reminds Arkansas businesses, annual reports and franchise taxes must be filed by midnight on May 1 with the Secretary of State’s Business and Commercial Services (BCS) division. 

Every incorporated business, whether domestic or foreign, pays an annual fee to do business in Arkansas.  

Earlier this year, the state’s 130,861 corporations were notified of the upcoming deadline.  The taxes are payable between January and May 1 annually.  Around 80 percent of the state’s corporations pay the minimum franchise tax rate of $150. 

“Franchise taxes are an important part of our state budget,”Martin said. “The first $8 million collected is placed into the state’s general fund and the remaining balance into the Education Adequacy Fund, which provides necessary funding to public schools and higher education across Arkansas.” 

All entities that have not received a tax form in the mail or electronically by March 20 must request, download, or file an online franchise tax form in order to comply with the May1 franchise tax deadline. 

Corporations may file their franchise taxes online, 24 hours a day, by visiting the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.arkansas.gov.  The easy-to-use system provides automatic calculations, e-mail confirmations and copies of each completed filing.  Credit cards and electronic checks are accepted. 

Corporations can also pay in person at BCS located in the Victory Building in Little Rock at 1401 West Capitol, Suite 250, or by mailing their tax forms to P.O. Box 8014, Little Rock, AR 72203-8014.  

BCS is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For additional information, call BCS at (888) 233-0325.


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Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Mike Preston as the New Executive Director of AEDC

Published: 03/26/2015

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson has announced Mike Preston of Florida as his new Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement on Mike Preston:

“Mike Preston is a perfect fit to lead the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. As vice president for government affairs at Enterprise Florida, Michael has years of statewide economic development and business expertise and experience working with a state Legislature and governor. He’s a proven leader with an impressive track record of bringing in capital investment from major companies. Having worked in a highly competitive atmosphere, Michael understands what it takes to position a state to be a leader in job creation. I cannot wait to see what his experience, expertise and vision can do for Arkansas.”


Mike Preston issued the following statement:

“I look forward to using my economic-development experience and management skills to implement Governor Hutchinson’s plan to make Arkansas more competitive and create more jobs. I’ve been fortunate to work with a great team in Florida, and I’m very proud of the work we’ve done in the Sunshine State. But I’m eager to put my experience, background and vision to work for Arkansas, which has so much to offer and so much potential. I’m honored to be given this incredible opportunity and excited to get started.” 


A Florida native, Mike Preston has an extensive career in politics and economic development. He comes to Arkansas from Enterprise Florida, where he has served as director of government relations for the last six and a half years. During that time, he was part of a team that helped create more than 147,000 jobs generating more than $10 billion in capital investment. He was instrumental in some key projects, including: relocating the Hertz corporate headquarters and bringing 700 jobs and $68,750,000 in capital investment; establishing a Northrop Grumman manufacturing Center of Excellence with 1,800 jobs and $500,000,000 in capital investment; and attracting Navy Federal Credit Union to expand in the state bringing 5,000 jobs and $350,000,000 in capital investment. Before joining Enterprise Florida, he was the chief of staff to a Florida state senator and a legislative assistant to a state representative. Preston is a 2005 graduate of the University of Florida.

Danny Games has done a tremendous job in his role as Deputy Director of AEDC over the last few months, and he remains an important part of what the state is doing to create jobs. Games will continue in his current capacity.​


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Senate Passes Overhaul of Technical and Vocational Education

Published: 03/26/2015

LITTLE ROCK - The Senate passed and the governor publicly endorsed legislation to overhaul the state's system of vocational, technical and occupational education. Legislative leaders have been working for at least two years on broad changes to how the state offers job training. Currently, students and people in established jobs navigate a mix of courses offered by state agencies, universities a...

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Legislature Approves Waiver Process for Small Schools to Avoid Potential Consolidation

Published: 03/18/2015

LITTLE ROCK - The legislature passed an act that enables small schools to seek a waiver from the state Education Department when they are in jeopardy of being consolidated because their enrollment has fallen below 350 students. Act 377 allows school districts to seek a waiver if they are not on probationary status for being in fiscal or academic distress. The threshold of 350 students was put...

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Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin Leads Team at Economic Development Forum in Ghana, Africa

Published: 03/16/2015

March 16, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Laura Labay | laura.labay@sos.arkansas.gov| (501) 580-6430

 Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin Leads Team at Economic Development Forum in Ghana, Africa

(LITTLE ROCK, AR.)– Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin is leading a six-member delegation to Ghana for a two-week trip to explore opportunities for economic development and trade. The Sister Cities organization, who has sponsored this trip, is hosting the forum; Sister Cities is a global partner managing the relationship between the Ghana Region of Africa and the Arkansas Delta Region.

“I am proud to lead this team to explore ways we can enhance trade and grow our economies. Not only can we find ways to alleviate poverty in Africa, we can do so by strengthening exports from Arkansas and provide jobs right here at home,” stated Secretary Martin.

The Economic Development Forum slated for March 16, 2015 plans to discuss agriculture, tourism, communication, oil and gas, health, education-exchange programs, roads, and building infrastructures.

A memorandum of understanding to seal the partnership would be signed after an exploratory meeting bringing together businesses and individuals to expand both local economies.

 

 

 

 


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Senate Approves Governor's Prison Reform Plan

Published: 03/11/2015

March 6, 2015 LITTLE ROCK - The Senate approved legislation to implement the governor's ambitious prison reform plan. It's now in the House of Representatives. Senate Bill 472 embodies much of the governor's proposals to relieve prison overcrowding. It authorizes the state Correction Department to contract with counties, the federal government and other states to house Arkansas inmates. Already...

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Students Get First Hand Look at the Legislative Process

Published: 03/04/2015

March 3, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Laura Labay | laura.labay@sos.arkansas.gov | (501) 580-6430

 

 

Students Get First Hand Look at the Legislative Process

 

Little Rock, Ar. – Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin was honored to host at the State Capitol TeenPact, a leadership organization developed to allow students to get a first-hand look at the legislative process. TeenPact was founded with a mission to train youth to understand the political process, value their liberty, defend the Christian faith, and engage in their culture. Thousands of students participate in Teen Pact nationwide.

“I am always honored and pleased to host events like these at the State Capitol. TeenPact is a great example of young people taking action to secure a better future for Arkansas and for America,” Secretary Martin said.“I have long said that focusing on the next generation, and not the next election, will be how we move America forward.”

Teens spent the week meeting with legislators and lobbyists, participating in mock elections, and heated debates. Every one of theseTeenPact students was eager to discuss issues facing our state and country today. Many of these teens have hopes to one day take part in the legislative process.

Every year TeenPact hosts a National Convention, which is the climax of the TeenPact year, drawing close to 1,000 people from around the Nation. Students experience engaging speakers, passionate worship, dynamic small groups, hands-on activities, leadership opportunities, like-minded friends, and life-changing memories.

For more information go to Teenpact.com or call 888-343-1776.

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Senate Approves Measure to Enhance Computer Technology Offerings in High School

Published: 03/03/2015

LITTLE ROCK - When the 2015-2016 school year begins, Arkansas schools will be required to offer high school level courses in computer technology. Act 187 of 2015 requires expanded computer technology offerings in charter schools too. The measure was a key part of the governor's legislative agenda, and was a component in his campaign platform last year. The act also creates a 15-member task fo...

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Governor Outlines Prison Reform Plans

Published: 02/24/2015

LITTLE ROCK - The governor outlined an ambitious plan to ease prison overcrowding through expansion of existing facilities, construction of regional re-entry centers and strengthening of probation and parole systems. He broke his plan into three parts: adding prison space, improving the parole and re-entry system and providing alternative sentencing for non-violent offenders. A major focus wi...

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Veteran's Issues Addressed at the Capitol on Veteran’s Legislative Day

Published: 02/21/2015


Veteran's Issues Addressed at the Capitol on Veteran’s Legislative Day


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CONTACT: Laura Labay | laura.labay@sos.arkansas.gov | (501) 580-6430


LITTLE ROCK, Ark., (February 20, 2015) – The Office of Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin organized a special event to enhance relations between Veteran Service Organizations, legislators and state agencies.

According the Federal Department of Veterans Affairs, one million troops will leave the military over the next six years, making this a key issue facing the nation.  

With that in mind, Secretary of State Mark Martin hosted Legislators and Constitutional Officers at the Capitol to enable constructive dialogue between veterans organizations and policy makers. The main focus was to ensure Arkansas has an inviting and competitive climate to attract and retain recently retired and separating veterans.

Secretary of State Mark Martin presented retired United States Air Force Col. Don Berry with a Capitol Citation for his work in advancing veteran’s issues in the legislature and across Arkansas.

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Legislators File Proposed Constitutional Amendments

Published: 02/19/2015

LITTLE ROCK - In each regular session the legislature may refer up to three proposed constitutional amendments to voters. This year 27 proposals were filed in the House of Representatives and 15 were filed in the Senate. The State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committees of each chamber will begin the task of narrowing the list to three. Among the resolutions filed this year are proposal...

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Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin to Host Veterans Service Organizations at the Capitol for Veteran’s Legislative Day

Published: 02/17/2015

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Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin to host Veterans Service Organizations at the Capitol for Veteran’s Legislative Day

February 17, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Laura Labay | laura.labay@sos.arkansas.gov | (501) 580-6430

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., – The Office of Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin is hosting a special event to enhance relations between Veterans Service Organizations, legislators and state agencies.

WHAT: Arkansas Veteran’s Legislative Day

WHEN: Thursday, February 19th, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: Second Floor Capitol Rotunda, Arkansas State Capitol Building

According to the Federal Department of Veterans Affairs, one million troops will leave the military over the next six years, making this a key issue facing the nation.  

With that in mind, Secretary of State Mark Martin will host Legislators and Constitutional Officers at the Capitol to enable constructive dialogue between veterans organizations and policy makers. The main focus is to ensure Arkansas has an inviting and competitive climate to attract and retain recently retired and separating veterans.

Secretary of State Mark Martin will take approximately ten minutes to honor retired United States Air Force Col. Don Berry, an instrumental voice in advancing veteran’s issues in the legislature and across Arkansas. 

Following Secretary Martin’s presentation and speech, Lt. Governor Tim Griffin will address attendees and make remarks about veteran’s issues in Arkansas. 

WHAT: Secretary of State Mark Martin to present Capitol Citation to Veteran, Lt. Governor Tim Griffin to address veterans in attendance

WHEN: February 19th from 10:00 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.

WHERE: Second Floor Capitol Rotunda, Arkansas State Capitol

Col. Don Berry is retired from the United States Air Force; Col. Berry spent 30 years in the service with assignments across the globe. He spent time as an airlift pilot, operations officer, and a commander of three squadrons during Desert Storm. Col. Berry and his wife of 40 years, Martha, are now retired and living in Sherwood, AR. 

 


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Sculpture Unveiled at Capitol in Honor of Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday

Published: 02/12/2015

February 12, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Laura Labay

laura.labay@sos.arkansas.gov        

(501) 580-6430

Sculpture Unveiled at Capitol in Honor of Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday

LITTLE ROCK, ARSecretary of State Mark Martin invites Arkansans to the Capitol February 12 for an unveiling of a hand-sculpted bust of Abraham Lincoln in honor of the 16th President of the United States 206th birthday.

The larger-than-life equestrian sculpture will be on display on the second-floor of the Rotunda in the Arkansas State Capitol through spring.

Previously, it was on display at the Lincoln Boyhood Museum in Hodgenville, KY, the Donald W. Reynolds Library in Mountain Home as well as Harding University in Searcy.

Sculptor Ron Moore is from Mountain Home, Arkansas. During his research process he found no shortage of likenesses of Lincoln; he was photographed periodically throughout his political career, from the 1840s to 1865, and life masks were created by sculptors in 1860 and again in 1865.  Ron indicates that, “trying to capture his personality was a rewarding experience and working without a customer or a deadline provided … artistic freedom.”

 

 

 

 

 


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Legislature Enacts Broad-Based Income Tax Reduction

Published: 02/12/2015

LITTLE ROCK - The Senate gave final approval to a broad income tax reduction proposed by the governor, which will save middle class wage earners about $102 million a year when it takes full effect. Considering it will benefit an estimated 600,000 people, it is likely to be the signature accomplishment of the 2015 legislative session. Besides reducing income tax rates for people who earn betwe...

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AHECB reviewed Mid-South Community College merger with Arkansas State University System

Published: 02/11/2015


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Senate Passes Governor's Plan to Reform Medicaid

Published: 02/09/2015

January 30, 2015 LITTLE ROCK - The Senate approved the governor's bill to initiate broad reforms of the Medicaid system. It was the second major victory for the governor in the Senate, which earlier had passed his bill to cut income taxes on middle class wage earners. Both the Medicaid overhaul plan and the income tax legislation are now in the House of Representatives. Senate Bill 96 crea...

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Italian Ambassador Bisogniero Visits Arkansas

Published: 02/04/2015

February 3, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Laura Labay, (501) 580-6430

laura.labay@sos.arkansas.gov                 

 

Italian Ambassador Bisogniero Visits Arkansas

Met With Governor Hutchinson and

Secretary of State Mark Martin

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Secretary of State Mark Martin welcomed Claudio Bisogniero, Ambassador of Italy to the United States, to Arkansas this morning as part of the Ambassador’s multi-state trip. Ambassador Bisogniero met with Secretary Martin and Governor Asa Hutchinson to promote business, cultural, and scientific ties with Italy, and to raise awareness about the Expo Milan 2015 and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

“As we continue to explore opportunities to grow and diversify our economy, strengthening our relationships with trade partners will prove to be an invaluable asset. I welcome Ambassador Bisogniero to our beautiful state and can’t wait to discuss ways to increase the mutual benefits our countries can provide each other,” Secretary Martin stated.

During his tour of Arkansas, Ambassador Bisogniero plans to address students and Italian researchers at local schools and universities.

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Restoration Efforts at the Capitol Uncover Significant Find

Published: 01/27/2015

Restoration Efforts at the Capitol Uncover Significant Find

(January 26, 2015) Little Rock, Ark. – Secretary of State Mark Martin announces workers involved in a restoration project currently underway at the Capitol make a significant find under decades of paint.

Scagliola- a decorative faux marble plaster – was widely utilized by artists in the early 1800s. Much of the original scagliola throughout the Capitol was replaced with genuine marble before the building’s completion.  However columns and pilasters in the House chamber, as well as sixteen first-floor rotunda columns, retained their scagliola surfaces.  At some unknown date, and for some unrecorded reason, these half-fluted columns were painted white.  Then, over the next several decades, they received additional coats of paint.

In the coming months, careful restoration by skilled conservators of Evergreene Architectural Arts of New York plan to continue uncovering and restoring the long-unseen lustrous scagliola surfaces.

Another interesting facet to the project is use of an environmentally friendly soy-based paint stripper.  By incorporating this product into the process, toxic fumes and by products are eliminated, enabling the project to go on during the day.  This allows the many visitors to the Capitol to observe these artisans in action.

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Senate Approves Income Tax Cut for Middle Class

Published: 01/27/2015

January 23, 2015 LITTLE ROCK - In a unique and historic vote the Arkansas Senate approved a middle class tax cut in the opening days of the legislative session. In living memory, the Senate has never passed one of the signature bills so early in a session. Important fiscal legislation usually will not be considered for a final vote in the Senate until the final weeks of a session in March, bec...

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Tax Relief Bill Will Save Middle Class $100 Million a Year

Published: 01/22/2015

LITTLE ROCK -About half a million Arkansas taxpayers will save more than $100 million a year under Senate Bill 6, sponsored by the President Pro Tempore and supported by the governor. SB 6 would lower state income tax rates, beginning with wages earned January 1, 2016, for Arkansas taxpayers who earn between $21,000 and $75,000 a year. If your income is between $35,100 and $75,000 a year, sta...

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Historic 90th General Assembly Convenes

Published: 01/15/2015

LITTLE ROCK - When the 90th General Assembly of the Arkansas legislature officially convened at the state Capitol on January 12, it ushered in historic changes in leadership of state government. However, the new leaders of Arkansas will face many old, familiar challenges. They will have to vote on ways to pay for improvements to school facilities and methods of efficiently operating prisons. ...

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90th ARKANSAS GENERAL ASSEMBLY UNDERWAY

Published: 01/12/2015

For Immediate Release

Contact: Laura Labay

laurallabay@sos.arkansas.gov

Phone: 501-683-3702

 90th ARKANSAS GENERAL ASSEMBLY UNDERWAY

ARKANSAS SECRETARY OF STATE MARK MARTIN TO BE SWORN IN FOR SECOND TERM

(January 12, 2015) Little Rock, Ark.– Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin announces the 90th General Assembly is currently underway. The legislative session began at noon, Monday, January 12, 2015. Pursuant to Arkansas State Law, Secretary Martin introduced the newly elected House and Senate members to the General Assembly.

The following day, Tuesday, January 13, 2015, Secretary Martin will be sworn in for a second term as the Secretary of State of Arkansas.

“I am humbled and overwhelmed by the support I received from Arkansas voters. Thank you for your confidence in my leadership to serve another four years as Secretary of State,” said Secretary Martin. “I will continue to be a good steward of the job entrusted to me.”

The proceedings are open to the public; it is first come first serve. Seating is available in the West Gallery of the House Chamber. The East Gallery will be closed for reserved seating only. The event will stream live courtesy of the House of Representatives.

Please keep in mind parking is congested during the Legislative Session. Parking spaces are reserved with numbers and signs, please only park in slots designated for visitors.

 


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ENERGY EFFICIENCY AT CAPITOL SAVES TAXPAYERS $88,000

Published: 01/12/2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact: Laura Labay

laurallabay@sos.arkansas.gov

Phone: 501-683-3702

 ENERGY EFFICIENCY AT CAPITOL SAVES TAXYPAYERS $88,000

(Jan. 9, 2015) Little Rock, Ark. – Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin received an $88,246.72 check from Entergy Arkansas’s Entergy Solutions Large Commercial and Industrial Program thanks to efficiencies that significantly reduced annual energy consumption, and the operating expenses at the State Capitol Building, resulting in a net savings to taxpayers.

“We will continue to work to preserve the resources of the Natural State at the Capitol by implementing programs to provide both cost savings to taxpayers as well as help to protect the environment,” stated Secretary Martin.

The Entergy Solutions Large Commercial and Industrial Solutions Program helps customers save energy and money by providing technical assistance to identify facility improvement recommendations based on the total amount of energy the higher efficient equipment will save. The Arkansas State Capitol upgrades will save nearly 473,601 kilowatt hours of electricity a year, equal to preventing the annual carbon dioxide emissions from more than 69 cars or 777,552 vehicle miles traveled (VMT), according to Environmental Protection Agency calculations.

“Entergy Arkansas identified a real need for a program specifically designed to assist the State’s commercialand industrial customers to identify and implement savings opportunities via energy efficiency,” said Entergy Customer Service Manager Paul Brewster. “We are pleased to be able to partner with Arkansas Secretary of State on the energy savings projects implemented at the Arkansas State Capitol.”

Among the high efficient items installed in the State Capitol are new high efficiency chillers, variable frequency drives, chiller controls, high efficiency interior lighting, and high efficiency exterior lighting.

 

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Senator Jonathan Dismang's statement on the passing of Senator David Wyatt

Published: 01/12/2015

The news of Senator Wyatt's passing was very sad for all of us who knew him. His Senate family mourns along with Deborah and family at home. His life is one to be celebrated. He was a gentleman of the Senate in the old fashioned sense. His sense of humor, his good-natured temperament, his civility and his humility offered an example to the rest of us, and made the legislature a better place. He ...

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Senator Dismang's statement on the passing of Senator David Wyatt

Published: 01/12/2015

The news of Senator Wyatt's passing was very sad for all of us who knew him. His Senate family mourns along with Deborah and family at home. His life is one to be celebrated. He was a gentleman of the Senate in the old fashioned sense. His sense of humor, his good-natured temperament, his civility and his humility offered an example to the rest of us, and made the legislature a better place. He ...

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90th ARKANSAS GENERAL ASSEMBLY CONVENES JANUARY 12

Published: 01/08/2015

(January 8, 2015) Little Rock,Ark. – Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin invites Arkansans to the State Capitol to observe the 90th General Assembly. The legislative session begins Monday, January 12, 2015. Pursuant to Arkansas State Law, Secretary Martin will introduce the newly elected House and Senate members certified to the Secretary of State’s office by the County Boards of Election Commissioners.

The proceedings are open to the public; it is first come first serve. Seating is available in the West Gallery of the House Chamber. The East Gallery will be closed for reserved seating only. The event will stream live courtesy of the House of Representatives.

The following day, Tuesday, January 13, 2015, Secretary Martin will be sworn in for a second term as the Secretary of State of Arkansas.

“I am humbled and overwhelmed by the support I received from Arkansas voters. Thank you for your confidence in my leadership to serve another four years as Secretary of State,” said Secretary Martin. “I will continue to be a good steward of the job entrusted to me.”

Please keep in mind parking is congested during the Legislative Session. Parking spaces are reserved with numbers and signs, please only park in slots designated for visitors.

 

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Senator Dismang Appoints Four Assistant Pro Tems

Published: 01/08/2015

LITTLE ROCK - Senator Jonathan Dismang of Searcy, the President Pro Tempore of the Arkansas Senate for the 90th General Assembly, has appointed Senators Cecile Bledsoe of Rogers, Eddie Joe Williams of Cabot, Jane English of North Little Rock and Bobby J. Pierce of Sheridan to be Assistant Pro Tempore during the upcoming biennium. The assistants are chosen from the four Congressional Districts i...

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Legislators Begin Pre-filing Bills Before 2015 Regular Session

Published: 01/05/2015

LITTLE ROCK - Legislators have begun pre-filing bills in anticipation of the regular session that begins January 12. Measures filed in the Senate include a bill to restructure lottery scholarships, in order to maintain the long-term financial viability of the system. Changes to the lottery system are Senate Bills 3 and 5. Also, a shell bill to lower taxes for middle class wage earners has bee...

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New Leadership Taking the Helm of Arkansas Legislature

Published: 01/05/2015

LITTLE ROCK - When the legislature convenes in regular session on January 12, Arkansas will have a new governor for the first time in eight years. Asa Hutchinson is replacing Mike Beebe. The Senate will have four new members - Senator Scott Flippo of Bulls Shoals will represent District 17, Senator Terry Rice of Waldron, District 9, Blake Johnson of Corning, District 20 and Linda Collins-Smith ...

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Rare African-American Doll Collection on Display at Arkansas State Capitol

Published: 12/23/2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Laura Labay

laura.labay@sos.arkansas.gov

Phone: 501-683-3702



RARE AFRICAN-AMERICAN DOLL COLLECTION ON DISPLAY AT ARKANSAS STATE CAPITOL

Arkansas Secretary of State Martin unveils doll exhibit for Christmas season

(December 23, 2014) Little Rock, Ark. – Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin invites Arkansans to view “Living Colors,” an exhibit featured on the first floor of the Capitol. Retired teacher Mrs. Mary E. Swift's rare and extensive doll collection is on display at the Capitol through the end of December.

“Hearing Mrs. Swift’s story about what motivated her to collect African-American dolls, and what they represent to a large swath of our society is very inspiring,” said Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin.

Mrs. Swift’s well-loved and cared for collection includes hundreds of black dolls from antique to modern, American-made and foreign, representing African Americans plus the black populations of Europe, the Americas and Africa itself. There are many rare and renowned dolls in this collection. 

"I started this collection because I wanted little black girls to feel good about themselves, to know that people around the world appreciate them and their culture," said Mary Swift.

Highlights of the display include a selection of vintage jointed composition dolls, a papier-mâché –headed doll dating to the mid-19th century, a selection of Byron Lars-designed collectable Barbies and a family of doll house-scaled figures made in the German Democratic Republic (East Germany).  One display case is given over to black Kewpies; their creator, Rose O’Neill, created black versions of the Kewpies before 1920, including them and sympathetic portrayals of black children in her ladies’ magazine pages.

Living Colors will remain on display through December in the Capitol’s first-floor exhibit areas.

 



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Arkansas Trauma System is Saving LIves

Published: 12/16/2014

LITTLE ROCK - The Arkansas trauma system has been a tremendous success, not only when measured by the number of lives it has saved but also by the improved quality of life of survivors. Before the legislature created the trauma system in 2009, it took several hours for medical officials to arrange for trauma patients to be accepted at a higher level facility that had the resources to provide pr...

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Arkansas Working to Expand Broadband Access in Public Schools

Published: 12/15/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas must move quickly to take advantage of available federal grants worth up to $30 million, according to a non-profit organization that is working with the state Education Department to expand broadband access in public schools. In order to keep schools competitive and to provide Arkansas students with better opportunities in the modern economy, educators, elected officials ...

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215 Arkansas Schools Receives Bonuses for Outstanding Performance

Published: 12/15/2014

LITTLE ROCK - The Arkansas School Recognition and Reward Program has awarded monetary grants to 215 schools that have been deemed "high performing" based on test results and other criteria from last school year. The awards were made to 109 schools that placed in the top 10 percent and 106 schools that were ranked in the top 20 percent. Arkansas has more than 1,100 schools from kindergarten thro...

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Legislative Council Signs Off on Medicaid Review Contract

Published: 12/15/2014

LITTLE ROCK - The Legislative Council's Review Committee signed off on a long-term contract with a computer technology firm to process claims for the state Medicaid system. The value of the contract is an estimated $203 million. It is with HP Enterprise Services LLC, which is part of Hewlett Packard of Palo Alto, California. Medicaid officials say the new processing system will improve the s...

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Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin Hosts Sounds of the Season - Streamed Live

Published: 12/08/2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Laura Labay

Laura.labay@sos.arkansas.gov

Phone: 501-683-3702

 

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin Hosts Sounds of the Season - Streamed Live

(December 8, 2014)Little Rock, Ark. – Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin invites Arkansans to the annual “Sounds of the Season” holiday program at the Capitol Dec. 8th –19th, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Almost 200 school choirs and vocal groups will spread holiday cheer for all to hear over a two-week period on the second floor of the State Capitol. Schools are traveling from all corners of Arkansas to sing a wide variety of seasonal songs. Each group will perform for 20 minutes. Secretary Martin looks forward to seeing children, parents and anyone else interested in coming; this event is free and open to the public. 

As a special feature, this year’s program will stream live courtesy of the Arkansas House of Representatives. To watch Sounds of the Season live on the internet, visit the Secretary of State’s Facebook page & Twitter feed and follow the livestream link. “Sounds of the Season” is viewable from any computer connected to the internet or with a mobile device utilizing the Livestream app.

For a performance schedule go to www.sos.arkansas.gov. and click  “choir info” on the homepage.

 

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Capitol Lighting Ceremony Dec. 6th

Published: 12/01/2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Laura Labay

Laura.labay@sos.arkansas.gov

Phone: 501-683-3702

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin Invites Arkansans to Capitol Lighting Ceremony Dec. 6th

(December 1, 2014) Little Rock, Ark. – Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin invites Arkansans to the 76th anniversary of the Capitol Lighting Ceremony Saturday, December 6th at 5:30 p.m. on the front steps of the State Capitol. Fox 16 News Anchor Donna Terrell will emcee the event. Folks are invited to take part in the count down to light the Capitol with thousands of Christmas lights, followed by a breathtaking fireworks display. After the ceremony the celebration will continue inside the Capitol with Santa, story time, and a magic show for kids. The festivities will begin after the Little Rock Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade.

The Capitol Lighting ceremony is just the beginning of the holiday celebration at the Capitol; December 8th, just two days after the Capitol Lighting Ceremony, children of all ages and from all corners of the state will travel to the Capitol to perform “Sounds of the Season.” Over 190 schools are set to perform Christmas carols for all to enjoy over a two-week period, Monday through Friday each week. Performances are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  For a performance schedule go to www.sos.arkansas.gov.

The Capitol Lighting ceremony’s original intent was to lift the spirits of children suffering from life threatening illnesses in the hospital during the holidays. In honor of that time honored tradition, a portion of the 2014 State Capitol Ornament sales will go to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Guests are invited to visit the gift shop (located on the first floor of the State Capitol) to purchase the 2014 State Capitol Ornament, the 11th in the Capitol Ornament series. This year’s ornament features two state symbols: The State Flower and the State Bird. The appleblossom (adopted in 1901) lines the base of the ornament, while the mockingbird(adopted 1929) rests on the apple blossom. This beautiful collectible ornament can also be purchased online at the Secretary of State’s website, www.sos.arkansas.gov; click “State Capitol Info” and then click “State Capitol Gift Shop Info.” 


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Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin Confirms Certification of Election Results

Published: 11/20/2014

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin Confirms Certification of Election Results

 

(November 20, 2014) Little Rock, Ark. - Secretary of State Mark Martin confirms November 4 General Election results are certified and certificates of election will be issued to candidates who received the highest number of votes.

"Approximately 50 percent of the 1.7 million people registered to vote in Arkansas cast their ballots in the Nov. 4, election," said Secretary Martin. "I appreciate our county clerks and poll workers across Arkansas who work year-round to maintain the integrity of our voting process."  

According to section 7-5-701 of Arkansas election law, counties must certify results to the Secretary of State’s office no earlier than 48 hours after the election and no later than 15 days after the election.  This allows overseas military and citizens time to ensure their votes are counted in accordance with the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.


As the state’s chief election officer, Secretary Martin reminds Arkansans “the only place to find official statewide results for the general election is under our Election Results tab on our website.”


Comprehensive Election Night reporting provided by the Elections Division on the Secretary of State’s website allowed the public to easily monitor the election results reported by officials statewide throughout the evening of the election. 


Results for Constitutional Offices, the U.S. House of Representatives, Judicial, State Senate, State Assembly, and local government races are available for review.


For a historical perspective, detailed results from previous elections can be found under the Elections Division tab on the Secretary of State’s website, www.sos.arkansas.gov.

 

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Senate Committee Assignments for 2015 Session

Published: 11/14/2014

Click on Download MS Word Document to view the Senate committee assignments for the 90th General Assembly, which begins on January 12.

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Voters Approve Constitutional Amendments to Dramatically Change Government Procedures

Published: 11/13/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas voters approved fundamental changes in how state government operates when they voted in favor of three constitutional amendments on the November 4 ballot. Issue One changes the process for issuing new state agency rules and regulations. No new rule or regulation shall take effect until it has been approved by the appropriate legislative committee. Previously, during the ...

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Senator Jonathan Dismang's statement on the passing of former Senator Ruth Whitaker

Published: 11/10/2014

November 10, 2014 President Pro Tem-designate Sen. Jonathan Dismang of Searcy had this statement on the death of former Senator Ruth Whitaker of Cedarville: "She will be truly missed. You always knew Ruth would vote her conscious. She was one of the most honest and fearless legislators and had a real knack for keeping this group in line."

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CERTIFICATION OF ELECTION RESULTS UNDERWAY

Published: 11/07/2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Laura Labay, laura.labay@sos.arkansas.gov

Phone: 501-683-3702

11/7/14

 

 CERTIFICATION OF ELECTION RESULTS UNDERWAY

(November 7, 2014) Little Rock, Ark. - Secretaryof State Mark Martin announced approximately 49 percent of the 1.7 millionpeople registered to vote in Arkansas cast their ballots in the Nov. 4, 2014General Election.

According to section7-5-701 of Arkansas election law, counties must certify results to the Secretary of State’s office no earlier than 48 hours after the election and no later than 15 days after the election.This allows overseas military and citizens time to ensure their votes are counted in accordance with the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens AbsenteeVoting Act.

As the state’s chief election officer, Secretary Martin reminds Arkansans “the only place to find official statewide results for the general election is under our Election Results tab on our website.”

Comprehensive Election Night reporting provided by the Elections Division on the Secretary of State’s website allowed the public to easily monitor election results reported by officials statewide throughout the evening of the election. 

Results for Constitutional Offices, the U.S. House of Representatives, Judicial, State Senate, State Assembly, and local government races are available for review.

For a historical perspective, detailed results from previous elections can be found under the Elections Division tab on the Secretary of State’s website, www.sos.arkansas.gov.

 

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ELECTION ADVISORY FROM ARKANSAS SECRETARY OF STATE MARK MARTIN

Published: 11/06/2014

ELECTION ADVISORY FROM ARKANSAS SECRETARY OF STATE MARK MARTIN
Election Day is Nov. 4th; voters have many opportunities to cast ballots.

(Nov. 3, 2014) Little Rock, Ark. – As Arkansans prepare to go to the polls for the November 4th General Election, Secretary of State Mark Martin wants to remind voters of the following information.

Early Voting

Early Voting starts October 20th – November 3rd contact your county clerk to find out specific early voting locations. You can find your county clerk’s contact information in our Voting 101 Pocket Guide on our website.

Election Day Voting

Polls are open 7:30 am to 7:30 pm on Election Day. Voters choosing to head to the polls on Election Day need to know their polling place and precinct. Voters can verify their polling place and precinct as well as other important voting information by visiting www.voterview.org.

Election Ballot Issues

In total, there are 5 issues on the ballot in the November General Election. Information on ballot issues, which include statewide alcohol and a measure that would increase Arkansas’ minimum wage, is available here.

Election Info

Go to our Facebook and Twitter page for updates on Early Voting numbers and Election Reminders.

Our Election Night Reporting will be available with real-time results on the evening of November 4th, just click the “Election Results” tab on our website.

Absentee Voting

To vote an absentee ballot, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • You will be unavoidably absent from your polling site on election day, OR

  • You will be unable to attend your polling site on election day due to illness or physical disability, OR
  • You are a member of the Uniformed Services, merchant marines or the spouse or a dependent family member and are away from your polling location due to the member's active duty status, OR
  • A U.S. citizen whose residence is in Arkansas but is temporarily living outside the territorial limits of the United States.

Please contact your county clerk with any questions about the absentee voting process.

Please don't hesitate to contact the Arkansas Secretary of State's office with any questions or concerns at voterservices@sos.arkansas.gov.

 


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So Far 16 Communities Have Applied to Become Site of Proposed New Prison Unit

Published: 11/05/2014

October 31, 2014 LITTLE ROCK - The state Correction Department received 16 applications from communities wanting to be the location of a proposed new $100 million prison unit. The unit would hire 250 people and the average salary would be $12.50 an hour, and in the future it could expand. The state Board of Correction will bring its plans for the new prison unit before the legislature during t...

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Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin Announces Student Mock Election Underway Across Arkansas

Published: 10/31/2014

For Immediate Release

Contact: Laura Labay

Phone:501-683-3702

Laura.labay@sos.arkansas.gov

 

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin Announces Student Mock Election Underway Across Arkansas

 

Little Rock, Ark.(Oct. 31, 2014) – Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin announced Friday the National Student Mock Election is underway in schools all across Arkansas. More than 258 school districts throughout Arkansas were invited to take part in this nationwide tradition, instructing students from kindergarten through high school in the importance of voting. The program encourages students to research and educate themselves on candidates before placing their vote. The mock election is hosted by Secretary of State Mark Martin, serving as Arkansas Coordinator in collaboration with the Washington D.C.-based National Student/Parent Mock Election (NSPME).

“This is the second election cycle in which I enjoyed the privilege to participate. I appreciate the opportunity to encourage our young citizens to get involved in civic life, in the responsibilities of being an American and Arkansan,” stated Secretary of State Mark Martin. “I honestly love seeing their eyes light up when they realize they can make a difference in their local community and nation through participation in the voting process.”

Statewide, students receive a sample ballot created by the NSPME and certified for accuracy by the Elections Division of the Arkansas Secretary of State.

In this year’s election, young Arkansans vote for candidates in three major offices: U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives and Governor. Votes from the students’ mock election are tabulated in Washington D.C. after their transmission to the National Student/Parent Mock Election.

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AHECB recognizes new UA System eVersity, a completely online institution

Published: 10/31/2014


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Arkansas Minority Health Commission Announces Funding Opportunities up to $2,000 for Health-Related Events

Published: 10/24/2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. --The Arkansas Minority Health Commission recognizes that improving minority health in Arkansas and the nation requires collaboration across many organizations. The Commission's intent is to cooperate with community-based organizations, schools, faith-based organizations and others to address the health problems that effect minorities in Arkansas. To help develop new and innovati...

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Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin Receives National Awards

Published: 10/23/2014

              For Immediate Release

Contact: Laura Labay

Phone: 501-683-3702

laura.labay@sos.arkansas.gov

   

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin Receives

 National Awards 

   

Little Rock, Ark. (October 22, 2014) - Arkansas is raking in national awards and recognition according to Secretary of State Mark Martin.  In an October 22 release, Secretary Martin announced the Office of the Secretary of State received three awards for projects completed in 2014. Included in the awards are the “Public Service Web Video Silver Winner Award,” the “Digital Government Achievement Award,” and an Honorable Mention for “Excellence in Preservation” for restoration of the Capitol Dome.

 

“The staff of the Office of the Secretary of State brings innovation, dedication, and a spirit of service to every project, and they do this with one goal in mind – service to Arkansans,” stated Secretary Martin. “I am proud to lead such a dedicated team, a group focused upon making improvements within each division of the Secretary of State’s office.”

 

Capitol Dome Restoration

 

Secretary of State Mark Martin accepted an Honorable Mention Award for "Excellence in Preservation" for the Capitol Building Dome Restoration Project from the Historic Preservation Alliance.  As part of this highly technical project, the interior dome paint underwent testing to determine the original paint type and application process.  This ensured restoration of the dome to its original appearance. The Secretary of State’s Office paid for the restoration project with grants from the Natural and Cultural Resources Council.

 

Public Service Web Video Winner

Secretary of State Mark Martin’s focus on utilizing technology to provide better services to the citizens of Arkansas resulted in national recognition  from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts. Secretary of State Mark Martin announced the Business & Commercial Services Division of his office received the prestigious "Public Service Web Video Silver Winner" for 2014.  Secretary Martin accepted the award, selected from over 4,000 entries, for the Web design and online marketing of “Dream It Do It Arkansas"

           

Digital Government Achievement Award

Recognizing a unique synergy of dedicated employees and technological innovation, Secretary of State Mark Martin announced his office received the prestigious "Digital Government Achievement Award" (DGAA) from the Center for Digital Government. This national award is for implementing a new technology-based Corporation Filings Automation project.  In the first year of operation, this automation project saved taxpayers approximately $124,212. Today, the submission of tax filings electronically bypasses the requirement for paper copies and manual data entry.  In one year alone, this saved almost 2,100 staff hours, over 72,000 individual sheets of paper, and eliminated the expense of over $20,500 in postage. Secretary of State Martin lauded the efforts of a team led by BCS Director Daryl Bassett, recognizing their abilities to implement an entirely new process, save thousands of tax dollars, and still maintain the existing high levels of service to the citizens of Arkansas.  “Our goal is to offer all government business services online and allow companies to interact with the state wherever they are, at any time of day,” stated Director Bassett.

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General Election Advisory from Secretary of State Mark Martin

Published: 10/17/2014

For Immediate Release

Laura Labay, 501-683-3702


ELECTION ADVISORY FROM ARKANSAS SECRETARY OF STATE MARK MARTIN
Election Day is Nov. 4th; voters have many opportunities to cast ballots.

(September 30, 2014) Little Rock, Ark. – As Arkansans prepare to go to the polls for the November 4th General Election, Secretary of State Mark Martin wants to remind voters of the following information.

"I want to make sure Arkansans know we are here to serve them. Our Elections Team has worked year-round with our County Clerks to prepare for this upcoming election," said Secretary of State Mark Martin. "Our website is full of information on updated election laws, ballot issues, and a list of candidates with background information on each. We want Arkansans to head to the polls well informed on exactly what they are voting on."

Voter Registration Deadline

October 6th is the deadline to register to vote in the general election. You can fill out an application to vote at your county clerk’s office, state revenue offices, public library or Arkansas State Library, public assistance agency, disability agency, military recruitment office, Arkansas National Guard or you can download an application from the Secretary of State’s website here and mail it to your county clerk.

Early Voting

Early Voting is October 20th – November 3rd, contact your county clerk to find out Early Voting locations. You can find your county clerk’s contact information in our Voting 101 Pocket Guide on our website at www.sos.arkansas.gov.

Election Day Voting

Polls are open 7:30 am to 7:30 pm on Election Day. Voters choosing to head to the polls on Election Day need to remember to bring the proper form of ID and know their polling place and precinct. Voters can check their polling place and precinct as well as other important voting information by visiting www.voterview.org.

Election Ballot Issues

In total, there are 5 issues on the ballot in the November General Election. Information on ballot issues that will appear on the Nov. 4th ballot are available for review on our website here.

Election Info

Our Voting 101 Pocket Guide has a list of important dates and deadlines. click here

Go to our Facebook and Twitter page for updates on Early Voting numbers and Election Reminders.

Our Election Night Reporting will be available with real-time results on the evening of November 4th, just click the “Election Results” tab on our website at www.sos.arkansas.gov

Absentee Voting

To be qualified to vote an absentee ballot, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • You will be unavoidably absent from your polling site on election day, OR

  • You will be unable to attend your polling site on election day due to illness or physical disability, OR
  • You are a member of the Uniformed Services, merchant marines or the spouse or a dependent family member and are away from your polling location due to the member's active duty status, OR
  • A U.S. citizen whose residence is in Arkansas but is temporarily living outside the territorial limits of the United States.

To receive an absentee ballot application contact your county clerk (click here). 

To download an absentee ballot application (click here).

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Supreme Court Rules Photo ID Not Required At the Polls

Published: 10/17/2014

For Immediate Release

Laura Labay

501-683-3702

Laura.labay@sos.arkansas.gov

 

Supreme Court Rules Photo ID Not Required At the Polls

Secretary of State Mark Martin announces as of October 16, 2014, 4:39 p.m. Voters are no longer required to provide “proof of identity”(photo ID) in order to vote in person in the General Election. The law reverts back to the previous statute that existed prior to Act 595. Further, poll workers are still required by law to ask for identification, however, voters are not required to provide identification in order to vote.

Before the passage of the Voter ID law, state and federal law required first time voters to provide identification. Voters who register to vote by mail and fail to include valid identification will be required to provide identification at the polls.

For those First Time Voters, examples of identification required are: a valid photo id or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter.

Arkansas Supreme Court struck down the challenged parts of Act 595, otherwise known as the Voter ID law. Arkansas General Assembly passed Act 595 on April 1, 2013, which required Arkansas residents to provide “proof of identity” when voting at the polls.

Please keep in mind, Arkansas has “fail safe voting” in place: voters can vote a Provisional Ballot at the polls if any problems or discrepancies should arise. County Board of Election Commissioners will notify voters of their appointment time to provide any additional information in order for their vote to count.


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Most Arkansas colleges, universities enroll slightly lower numbers

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Signature Verification Process Complete for Ballot Initiatives

Published: 09/09/2014

For Immediate Release
Laura Labay, 501-683-3702
Signature Verification Process Complete for Ballot Initiatives
(September 9, 2014) Little Rock, Ark. – Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin announces the signature verification process for the ballot measures initiated by the people of Arkansas is complete. 
An Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage
As of September 9th, the Secretary of State has validated 89,790 signatures for An Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage. The sponsors turned in a total of 130,016 signatures for verification. The initiated act met the requirement of 62,507 verified signatures to qualify as Issue No. 5 on the Nov. 4, 2014 general election ballot.
The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment
As of September 3rd, The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment had a final count of 91,831 validated signatures.  The sponsors turned in a total of 127,265 signatures for verification. The constitutional amendment met the requirement of 78,133 verified signatures to qualify as Issue No. 4 on the Nov. 4, 2014 general election ballot. 
Voter Info
The deadline to register to vote for the general election is Oct. 6, 2014. A photo ID is required to vote in the general election. To check your voting status and location go to www.voterview.org. For additional information on voting go to the Arkansas Secretary of State’s webpage, www.sos.arkansas.gov.

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AMHC Director Idonia Trotter to Take Leadership Role at Houston-Based Non-Profit Oct. 1

Published: 09/05/2014

The Board of Directors of Gateway to Care (GTC), a Houston, Texas-based non-profit health care collaborative, is pleased to announce Idonia L. Trotter, JD, MPS as its new Executive Director beginning October 1, 2014. Trotter will follow in the footsteps of founder and long-time Executive Director Dr. Ron Cookston. Trotter brings to GTC a distinguished career in health care advocacy, policy ana...

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Dr. Rhonda Mattox Named Medical Director at AMHC

Published: 09/05/2014

Dr. Rhonda Mattox has been named Medical Director at the Arkansas Minority Health Commission. She previously worked with the commission as a medical media and research consultant beginning in 2013, hosting the Ask the Doctor Show monthly with Broadway Joe. In her new role, she will guide the AMHCs internal research efforts, assist with public health policy development and serve as media spokespers...

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AMHC Transitional Leadership Team in Place until New Director Chosen

Published: 09/05/2014

The Arkansas Minority Health Commission wishes Director Idonia Trotter well in her new endeavors as she moves forward in her career with Gateway to Care, a Houston-based 501c3 non-profit health care organization. During the transition, AMHC has put its current Medical Director, Dr. Rhonda Mattox, in place as a transitional leader until a new executive director is identified. AMHC Chair Christine P...

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Camp iRock Encourages Fitness and Good Nutrition Among Girls

Published: 09/05/2014

Girls from across Arkansas recently had fun exercising, learning about healthy eating and building their self-confidence. The Arkansas Minority Health Commission, in partnership with Arkansas Children's Hospital and Girl Scouts-Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas, hosted its fourth residential fitness camp August 10-16. Camp iRock , for sixth, seventh and eighth grade girls, was held at Fern...

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AMHC Partners with Nine Non-Profit Organizations Doing Community Outreach

Published: 09/05/2014

The Arkansas Minority Health Commission has provided $8,721.25 in funding to nine partnering organizations that are doing health outreach in local communities. The sponsorship programs which are scheduled to occur between August through December 2014 include: Innovative lifestyles for Senior Living, 8th Annual Civil Rights Summit and Community Festival Asian Pacific Resource and Cultural Ce...

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Commissioner Laelan selected for NW Arkansas Business Journal's 40 Under 40

Published: 09/05/2014

Melisa Laelan, an AMHC Commissioner and Director of the Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese, has been honored as a member of Northwest Arkansas Business Journal's 40 Under 40 class. Each year, the journal honors 40 high achieving and intriguing business and political leaders under 40 years old who bear watching. Lealan, of Springdale, Arkansas, is the nation's only certified court interpreter fo...

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AMHC to Host Diabetes Community Health Event in McGehee on Sept. 20

Published: 09/05/2014

The Arkansas Minority Health Commission has partnered with local organizations to hold a diabetes community health awareness event in McGehee, Arkansas on Sept. 20. The "Know Your A1C" event will be held from 10 30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Desha Alumni Community Center, 500 S. First Street. It will feature health screenings, health education, free physical exams for kids, free lunch and fun activiti...

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September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month

Published: 09/05/2014

September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. The Sickle Cell Disease Association of America wants the public to reflect on the children and the adults whose lives, education and careers have been affected by this disease. This issue of The Minority Report is dedicated to the memory of Germaine Johnson Sr., a dedicated and caring individual who in 2001 started the Sickle Cell Inner Circle ...

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An Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage Makes General Election Ballot

Published: 09/03/2014


For Immediate Release

Laura Labay, 501-683-3702

An Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage Makes General Election Ballot


Little Rock, Ark.
– Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin announces, An Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage met the signature requirements of Article 5, Section 1 of the Arkansas Constitution. An initiated act needs 62,507 valid signatures to make the ballot. The sponsors turned in a total of 129,989 signatures for verification. At this time, the initiated act has at least 70,074 valid signatures. Please note, there are signatures still being verified; therefore, the total number of valid signatures may increase.

The Secretary of State has certified the proposed initiated act to the County Boards of Election Commissioners. It will be Issue No. 5 on the Nov. 4, 2014 ballot. 

If approved by voters, the measure will increase the state’s minimum wage from $6.25 to $7.50 per hour on January 1, 2015, $8.00 per hour January 1, 2016, and $8.50 per hour on January 1, 2017. 

The deadline to register to vote for the General Election is October 6, 2014.  For information on voter registration, go to the Elections tab on this site.


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Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment Makes General Election Ballot

Published: 08/29/2014

For Immediate Release

Laura Labay, 501-683-3702

Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment Makes 2014 General Election Ballot

(August 29, 2014) Little Rock, Ark. – Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin announces that the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment met the signature requirements of Article 5, Section 1 of the Arkansas Constitution. The constitutional amendment needed 78,133 valid signatures; the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment sponsors tuned in 127,265. At this time, the proposed amendment has at least 87,102 valid signatures. There are still signatures being verified; please note the total number of valid signatures may increase.

The Secretary of State has certified the proposed amendment to the County Boards of Election Commissioners. It will be Issue No. 4 on the November 4, 2014 ballot.

Registered voters will decide on the proposed amendment that if approved, would legalize the sale, manufacture and transportation of alcohol statewide. The deadline to register to vote for the General Election is October 6, 2014.  For information on voter registration, go to the Arkansas Secretary of State’s webpage, www.sos.arkansas.gov.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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An Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage Turns in Additonal Signatures

Published: 08/18/2014

An Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage Turns In Additional Signatures

Date: 8/18/2014

For Immediate Release

Laura Labay, 501-683-3702

An Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage Turns In Additional Signatures

(August 18, 2014) Little Rock, Ark. – Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin announces that An Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage turned in an additional 69,070 signatures today.  The Arkansas Secretary of State’s office now has 30 days to verify the newly submitted signatures.  The petition to raise the state’s minimum wage from $6.25 to $8.50 by 2017 was short 15,107 valid signatures after the initial verification process. The initiative needs 62,507 verified signatures to make the November 4 ballot.

 


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Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment Turns In Additional Signatures

Published: 08/15/2014

For Immediate Release

Laura Labay, 501-683-3702

Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment Turns In Additional Signatures

(August 15, 2014) Little Rock, Ark. – Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin announces that the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment turned in an additional 41,492 signatures today.  The Arkansas Secretary of State’s office now has 30 days to verify the newly submitted signatures.  The petition to allow statewide alcohol sales was short about 17,000 valid signatures after the initial verification process. The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment needs 78,133 verified signatures to make the November 4 ballot.


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College-going rate increases by 1.4 percent; AHECB approves new academic programs

Published: 07/25/2014


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An Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage Short Valid Signatures

Published: 07/23/2014

For Immediate Release:
Laura Labay, 501-683-3702  

An Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage Short Valid Signatures

(July 23, 2014) Little Rock, Ark. – Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin announced An Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage did not meet the required 62,507 valid signatures after the verification process.  They now have until August 18 to gather 15,107 more valid signatures to make the November 2014 General Election ballot.   In order to be considered valid, there must be sufficient signatures from 15 of the 75 counties across Arkansas along with an affidavit filed with us stating the number of Petition Parts and the total number of signatures.Here is a list of what causes an entire page of petition signatures to be invalidated:         
  • Photocopy, not an original;      
  • Not signed by a Canvasser;      
  • A petition part signed by more than 1 Canvasser;      
  • Not signed by a Canvasser under oath;       
  • Canvasser’s verification dated earlier than the date the petition was signed by a Petitioner;        
  • Not notarized;        
  • Lacking a notary seal;       
  • A petition part is lacking a notary signature or is notarized by more than 1 Notary;   
  • A forged notary or Canvasser signature;
  • A notary notarizing his or her own signature;
  • A notary using the Great Seal of Arkansas; 
  • Failure to attach a legible copy of the entire text of the measure to each Petition sheet containing signatures; 
  • Failure to attach the popular name and ballot title to each petition sheet containing signatures; 
  • If litigated, a challenger may claim that the Canvasser failed to sign the affidavit in the presence of the notary; 
  • If litigated, a challenger may claim that the affidavit of the Canvasser is false.
If the petition submitted for signature verification does not contain the required number of valid signatures of registered voters, the Secretary of State will notify the Sponsor, they will then have 30 days to do any or all of the following:   
    
A) Solicit and obtain additional signatures;
B) Submit proof that all or some of the rejected signatures are good and should be counted;
C) Make the petition more definite or certain. The Secretary of State will verify signatures up to 10% above the required number.


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Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment Falls Short on Signatures

Published: 07/18/2014

Date: 7/18/2014

For Immediate Release:

Laura Labay, 501-683-3702

  

Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment Falls Short on Signatures

 

(July 18, 2014) Little Rock, Ark. – Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin announces the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment did not meet the signature requirements after the verification process. The proposed amendment requires an additional 17,133 verified signatures to reach the 78,133 needed to be placed on the general election ballot. The Secretary of State’s Office has notified the petition sponsor that they now have an additional 30 days to collect signatures to compensate for those disqualified during the signature verification process.


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An Act to Increase The Arkansas Minimum Wage Meets Initial Count

Published: 07/16/2014

For Immediate Release:

Laura Labay, 501-683-3702

  

An Act to Increase The Arkansas Minimum Wage Meets Initial Count

 

(July 16, 2014) Little Rock, Ark. – Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin announces An Act to Increase The Arkansas Minimum Wage has met the initial signature count requirement. The Initiated Act needed 62,507 signatures; the initial count was over 64,000. The Secretary of State’s Office is now moving to the signature verification stage. Meeting the initial count qualifies the petition sponsor for an additional 30 days to collect signatures, to compensate for any that may be disqualified during the signature verification process.

We will continue to update you as information becomes available.


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Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment Meets Initial Count

Published: 07/09/2014

For Immediate Release:

Laura Labay, 501-683-3702

  

Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment Meets Initial Count

 

(July 9, 2014) Little Rock, Ark. – Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin announces the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment has met the initial signature count requirement. The amendment needed 78,133 signatures; the initial count was well over 84,000. The Secretary of State’s Office is now moving to the signature verification stage. Meeting the initial count qualifies the petition sponsor for an additional 30 days to collect signatures, to compensate for any that may be disqualified during the signature verification process.

An Act To Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage is still being counted to see if they have enough signatures to make their initial count. 

We will continue to update you as information becomes available.



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Korean War Veterans to Receive Ambassador of Peace Medals

Published: 07/09/2014

For Immediate Release:

Laura Labay, 501-683-3702

  

Korean War Veterans to Receive Ambassador of Peace Medals

 

(July 9, 2014) Little Rock, Ark. – Secretary of State Mark Martin in coordination with the Republic of Korea, and the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs announces a medal presentation ceremony and dinner in honor of Arkansas Korean War Veterans. The event begins at 5 p.m. July 11 at the Association of Arkansas Counties.

 

“Six decades ago, more than 54,000 American soldiers died, 103,000 were wounded and 1,000 are still missing in action. We want all veterans to know their heroic service is not forgotten,” said Secretary of State Mark Martin. “We are honored to be a part of the upcoming ceremony, and proud to see our veterans recognized.”

  

The veterans will receive Ambassador of Peace Medals from South Korean Ambassador Suk-bum Park, the consul-general for the Republic of Korea’s Houston consulate.

  

Ambassador of Peace Medal Ceremony:

  

Date:                           July 11 2014

  

Time:                           5 p.m. - 7 p.m. 

  

Place:                         Association of Arkansas Counties

           1415 W 3rd St, Little Rock, AR 72201

  



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See You at the Fair

Published: 06/25/2014

For Immediate Release:
 
Laura Labay, 501-683-3702
 
(June 25, 2014) Little Rock, Ark. –Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin proudly announces “See You at the Fair,” a new exhibit featured at the State Capitol.
 
Secretary Martin salutes the Livestock Show Association’s 75-year tenure. The summer exhibit features: rare pictures, instruments autographed by stars who have appeared at the Fairgrounds’ famed Barton Coliseum venue, a saddle presented to the Fair’s Rodeo Queen of 1966 and a muslin “horse blanket” used to publicize the first fair held in Hot Springs in 1906.
 
“Arkansas has had a long history of livestock shows and state fairs.  It is not just fun and games; not only does it generate revenue for our local economy, up to $16 million in 2013 alone, but behind the scenes this is a serious business of making Arkansas farmers competitive in world markets,“ said Secretary Martin.
 
The exhibit is on display in the Capitol’s first-floor galleries now through Labor Day.
 
Capitol Hours:
 
8a.m.-5p.m. Monday-Friday
 
10a.m.-5p.m. Saturday-Sunday

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Teacher Workshop at the State Capitol

Published: 06/24/2014

For Immediate Release:
Laura Labay, 501-683-3702

Little Rock, Ark. – Secretary of State Mark Martin is pleased to announce the availability of an ADE approved three hour teacher workshop at the State Capitol this Wednesday, June 25 in the Old Supreme Court Room from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. This workshop is worth two hours of ADE approved Arkansas History credit.

Learn about the FREE resources available to you and how to use the State Capitol to teach Arkansas History, Government and American History.
Agenda includes:
  • How to Make the Most of Your Capitol Field Trip
  • Beyond State Symbol Activity Books: An Overview of Programs and Materials
  • On-Line Resources for Arkansas History, Civics and Government

To attend contact:
Lisa Watson
501-682-5279
lisa.watson@sos.arkansas.gov

* To order educational materials go to the links below:
http://www.soskids.arkansas.gov/
http://www.soskids.arkansas.gov/general-order-form/index.html


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Unauthorized Letter Sent to Voters

Published: 05/13/2014

For Immediate Release

Laura Labay, 501-683-3702

 

Unauthorized Letter Sent to Voters

 

(May 12, 2014) LITTLE ROCK, AR — Secretary of State Mark Martin wants to inform the public that a letter claiming to be from the Arkansas State Voter Program is circulating in Arkansas. This letter was not issued or authorized by the Secretary of State's Election Division, nor is this program from a registered business entity in the state of Arkansas.

 

If you have received a letter from the Arkansas State Voter Program, please contact the Attorney General's Office at 501-682-2007 for further investigation.



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Secretary Martin Reminds AR Businesses Franchise Taxes due May 1

Published: 04/30/2014

For Immediate Release

Laura Labay 501-683-3702

 

Secretary Martin Reminds AR Businesses Franchise Taxes due May 1

(April 29, 2014) LITTLE ROCK, AR— Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin reminds Arkansas businesses that annual reports and franchise taxes are due by midnight Thursday, May 1, to the Secretary of State’s Business and Commercial Services (BCS) division.

Every incorporated business, whether domestic or foreign, pays an annual fee to do business in Arkansas.  Earlier this year, corporations were notified about the upcoming deadline.  The taxes are payable between January and May 1 annually.  Around 80 percent of the state’s corporations pay the minimum franchise tax rate of $150.

I encourage all business to pay their franchise tax before the deadline to avoid accruing penalties and interest,” Secretary Martin said.

These corporate taxes generated $24 million in 2010, $23 million in 2011 and 2012 and $25 million in 2013.  Act 94 of the Second Extraordinary Session of 2003 increased franchise tax rates and required all funds collected over $8 million to be deposited into an Education Adequacy Trust Fund. 

Corporations may file their franchise taxes online, 24 hours a day, by visiting the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.arkansas.gov.  The easy-to-use system provides automatic calculations to eliminate mathematical errors that can slow down processing time.  The system generates email confirmations and copies of each completed filing.  Credit cards and electronic checks are accepted.

Corporations can pay in person at:

Victory Building

1401 West Capitol, Suite 250

Little Rock, AR 72201.

Or

 

Mail tax forms to:

Business and Commercial Services (BCS) division

P.O. Box 8014

Little Rock, AR 72203-8014

BCS is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

For additional information, call BCS at (888) 233-0325.



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Franchise Tax Deadline Extended for Tornado Victims

Published: 04/30/2014

For Immediate Release

Laura Labay, 501-683-3702

 

Franchise Tax Deadline Extended for Tornado Victims

(April 29, 2014) LITTLE ROCK, AR — Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin announced today that the deadline for franchise taxes will be extended an additional 30 days past the original May 1 deadline for those counties affected by the tornadoes. Businesses from Faulkner, Pulaski and White counties needing an extension can contact the Business and Commercial Services (BCS) division for further information.

Corporations may file franchise taxes online, 24 hours a day, by visiting the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.arkansas.gov.  The easy-to-use system provides automatic calculations to eliminate mathematical errors.

Credit cards and electronic checks are accepted.

Corporations can pay in person at:

Victory Building

1401 West Capitol, Suite 250

Little Rock, AR 72201.

Or

Mail tax forms to:

Business and Commercial Services (BCS) division

P.O. Box 8014

Little Rock, AR 72203-8014

BCS is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

For additional information, call BCS at (888) 233-0325.



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