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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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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Pursuing International Investment

Published: 07/25/2014

This past week, I returned from what is likely to be my last international trade mission as Governor of Arkansas. The journey to three European countries showcased the full range of all that can be gained through in-person contact with current and potential international investors. My team and I met with long-time partners we hope will further expand their presence in Arkansas. We met with compa...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Pursuing International Investment

Published: 07/25/2014

This past week, I returned from what is likely to be my last international trade mission as Governor of Arkansas. The journey to three European countries showcased the full range of all that can be gained through in-person contact with current and potential international investors. My team and I met with long-time partners we hope will further expand their presence in Arkansas. We met with compa...

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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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Federal Disaster Declarations Made for 10 Arkansas Counties

Published: 07/23/2014

LITTLE ROCK - United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has made Secretarial disaster declarations for farmers and ranchers in 10 Arkansas counties that suffered losses due to flash flooding, excessive rain, high winds, hail, and dangerous lightning beginning on June 29, 2014, and continuing. Qualifying farmers will be eligible for federal aid, including emergency loans. Responding ...

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Governor Beebe Announces 43 Appointment to Boards and Commissions

Published: 07/22/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following appointment to the State Parks, Recreation and Travel Commission: Weston Lewey, Forrest City. Appointment expires January 14, 2019. Replaces Darin Gray. Governor Beebe also made the following appointments to State boards and commissions: Jennifer Belt, Little Rock, to the Governor’s Developmental Disabilities Council. Ap...

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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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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Summertime in Arkansas

Published: 07/18/2014

With Governor Beebe leading an economic development mission in Europe, this week’s column is presented by Richard Davies, Director of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. We’ll entertain about 24 million travelers in Arkansas this year, the vast majority of whom will come from beyond our borders. A great many will visit The Natural State during the next few months, making the most ...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Summertime in Arkansas

Published: 07/18/2014

With Governor Beebe leading an economic development mission in Europe, this week’s column is presented by Richard Davies, Director of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. We’ll entertain about 24 million travelers in Arkansas this year, the vast majority of whom will come from beyond our borders. A great many will visit The Natural State during the next few months, making the most ...

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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.

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State Ends Fiscal Year With Healthy Surplus

Published: 07/16/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Thanks to very conservative budgeting by the Arkansas legislature, state government ended Fiscal Year 2014 with a surplus of almost $79 million. The state already had almost $96 million in unobligated funds left over from previous surpluses. Also, between now and the end of Fiscal Year 2015, which just began on July 1, the state is expected to gain an additional $5 million in int...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Firewise Continues to Combat Wildfires

Published: 07/11/2014

Even though wildfires got off to an alarming start earlier this year, the threat of wildfire danger across Arkansas has fortunately lessened. But because of many factors, including storm damage, many areas are still at risk. In an effort to prevent fires in our State, the Arkansas Forestry Commission continues encouraging communities to join the National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise pr...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Firewise Continues to Combat Wildfires

Published: 07/11/2014

Even though wildfires got off to an alarming start earlier this year, the threat of wildfire danger across Arkansas has fortunately lessened. But because of many factors, including storm damage, many areas are still at risk. In an effort to prevent fires in our State, the Arkansas Forestry Commission continues encouraging communities to join the National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise pr...

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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. 

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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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Governor Beebe Appoints Game and Fish Commissioner

Published: 07/09/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe has named Andrew Parker of Little Rock as the newest commissioner of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. “Andrew is one of our bright, up-and-coming Arkansans who has a lifelong love for the outdoors, is an avid hunter, and a conservationist, as well. He will continue the tradition of insuring the preservation of our natural bounty,” the Governor said....

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Governor Beebe appoints Andrew Parker to the Game and Fish Commision

Published: 07/09/2014



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Legislature Wraps Up Successful Three-Day Special Session

Published: 07/09/2014

LITTLE ROCK - The legislature wrapped up a three-day special session after approving bills to increase the capacity of state prisons, to hold down anticipated costs for public school health insurance and to impose a moratorium on fast-paced computerized lottery games. The Arkansas inmate population is about 17,000 and is growing steadily. State prison units and many county jails are filled to c...

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Baptist Health Medical Center Groundbreaking Ceremony

Published: 07/08/2014

Governor Beebe recently participated in the Baptist Health Medical Center Groundbreaking Ceremony in Conway.

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Governor Beebe To Tour Brinkley Flood Damage

Published: 07/08/2014

Date: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 Time: Approx. 2:00 p.m. Location: Beginning at City Hall Purpose: Governor Beebe plans to survey damage from the ongoing flooding in Brinkley from torrential rains that began June 29, 2014. Beebe will meet with Brinkley Mayor Billy Hankins at City Hall and then will tour the flooded area. The Governor’s Office is currently awaiting results from ongoing ...

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Baptist Health Medical Center Groundbreaking in Conway

Published: 07/07/2014



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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: European Opportunities

Published: 07/04/2014

This month, I will lead the last overseas trade mission of my administration. It has often been difficult to convince me to leave Arkansas for more than a few days at a time. However, I recognize the importance of these trips, the personal relationships they establish and the economic opportunities they provide for our State. Whether connecting with existing Arkansas companies or meeting new pr...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: European Opportunities

Published: 07/04/2014

This month, I will lead the last overseas trade mission of my administration. It has often been difficult to convince me to leave Arkansas for more than a few days at a time. However, I recognize the importance of these trips, the personal relationships they establish and the economic opportunities they provide for our State. Whether connecting with existing Arkansas companies or meeting new pr...

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Governor Beebe Announces Intent to Grant Pardons

Published: 07/03/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced his intent to grant 10 pardons. An additional 2 clemency requests were denied and 8 had no action taken upon them. These include requests from both inmates and non-inmates. The 10 applicants intended for pardons have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences. Th...

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Special Session to Address Lingering Financial Issues

Published: 07/01/2014

LITTLE ROCK - The problems being addressed by the legislature in this summer's special session have been building for years. Consistent and sharp increases in health insurance costs have been a growing problem for public school employees for more than a decade. For even longer, dramatic increases in the inmate population have caused budget problems for lawmakers and officials of the state Corr...

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Teacher Retirement Systems Increases Investment in Northeast Arkansas Steel Mill

Published: 07/01/2014

LITTLE ROCK - When the board of the state Teacher Retirement System voted last week to increase its investment in a northeast Arkansas steel mill, it renewed questions about the role of government in private enterprise. For several generations elected officials at all levels of government have emphasized their support for policies that create jobs and promote economic development. Especially d...

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Arkansas Among National Leaders in Growth of Summer Food Programs for Children

Published: 07/01/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Last year Arkansas saw record growth in its programs to feed hungry children over the summer, and the same state agencies and non-profits are hoping to build on that success again this summer. Arkansas had the largest increase in summer meals served to children, of all the states in the country. More than 98,000 children were served about four million meals. The previous summer ...

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Governor Beebe Announces 26 Appointment to Boards and Commissions

Published: 06/30/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following appointments to boards and commissions: Greg Ashcraft, Little Rock, reappointed to the Arkansas Deaf and Hearing Impaired Telecommunications Services Corporation. Appointment expires June 1, 2017. David Avery, Sherwood, to the Arkansas Deaf and Hearing Impaired Telecommunications Services Corporation. Appointment expires June ...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Calling In The Legislature

Published: 06/27/2014

I have called the Arkansas General Assembly to Little Rock for an extraordinary session, often referred to as a special session. There are legislative issues to be addressed before the next regular assembly convenes in January. But before I issued this call, I wanted legislators to be certain that a special session would be completed in three days. Three days is the shortest time that bills can ...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Calling In The Legislature

Published: 06/27/2014

I have called the Arkansas General Assembly to Little Rock for an extraordinary session, often referred to as a special session. There are legislative issues to be addressed before the next regular assembly convenes in January. But before I issued this call, I wanted legislators to be certain that a special session would be completed in three days. Three days is the shortest time that bills can ...

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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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Ask the Governor, The Governor's School

Published: 06/25/2014

Students who are part of the Governor's School, A summer program for high...

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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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Governor Beebe Calls Special Session to Address Public School Employee Health Insurance and Jail Overcrowding

Published: 06/24/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe issued a call Tuesday to bring the Arkansas General Assembly into a special session to provide funding that will open more inmate beds and improve the viability of the Public School Employee Life and Health Insurance Program. The special session will begin on Monday, June 30 at 4:00 p.m. The call includes bills that, if approved, will do the following: - Pr...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: A Milestone in Veterans Care

Published: 06/20/2014

I, like most Americans, am deeply concerned about the recent revelations of systemic problems and allegations of misconduct within our U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The men and women who have served our country are forced to maneuver a health-care system with a massive backlog, outdated equipment and, sometimes, dangerously long waits at V.A. hospitals. Federal leaders must find the solut...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: A Milestone in Veterans Care

Published: 06/20/2014

I, like most Americans, am deeply concerned about the recent revelations of systemic problems and allegations of misconduct within our U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The men and women who have served our country are forced to maneuver a health-care system with a massive backlog, outdated equipment and, sometimes, dangerously long waits at V.A. hospitals. Federal leaders must find the solut...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: New Jobs Across Arkansas

Published: 06/13/2014

Because of a recent wave of economic development announcements, Arkansas has a lot to celebrate. In the past few weeks alone, six businesses have revealed plans that collectively add more than 1,600 jobs and $140 million in investments throughout the State. In Fort Smith, transportation company ArcBest Corp. and Georgia-Pacific’s Dixie plant will bring more than 1,000 new jobs to Sebastian C...

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Governor Beebe Calls for Arkansas Schools to Regain Access to Statewide Broadband Network

Published: 06/13/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today called for a change in Arkansas law to restore the opportunity for school districts to access an existing statewide broadband network. His comments came as the Arkansas Board of Education adopted the Arkansas Digital Learning Study at their Friday meeting. Beebe has endorsed the report as well. In 2011, the passage of Act 1050 created an exemption that ...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: New Jobs Across Arkansas

Published: 06/13/2014

Because of a recent wave of economic development announcements, Arkansas has a lot to celebrate. In the past few weeks alone, six businesses have revealed plans that collectively add more than 1,600 jobs and $140 million in investments throughout the State. In Fort Smith, transportation company ArcBest Corp. and Georgia-Pacific’s Dixie plant will bring more than 1,000 new jobs to Sebastian C...

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Arkansas National Guard Youth Challenge Program Graduation

Published: 06/12/2014

Governor Beebe today participated in the Arkansas National Guard Youth Challenge Program Graduation in North Little Rock.

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Arkansas National Gaurd Youth Challenge Graduation

Published: 06/12/2014



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Governor Beebe Announces 16 Appointment to Boards and Commissions

Published: 06/11/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following appointments to boards and commissions: Sherri Chaple, Rogers, to the Arkansas Apprenticeship Coordination Steering Committee. Appointment expires December 1, 2016. Replaces Don Keathley. Jerri Clark, Cabot, to the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Advisory Committee. Appointment expires October 1, 2015. Replaces Codie Molloy...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Keeping Arkansas Beautiful for 25 Years

Published: 06/06/2014

On June 13, 1989, Governor Bill Clinton signed an executive order creating the Keep Arkansas Beautiful program. It began as a statewide litter-prevention and recycling initiative. Since then, the nonprofit organization has grown significantly while working with communities statewide, helping them become stewards of their local environments. Arkansas has a history of protecting and nurturing o...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Keeping Arkansas Beautiful for 25 Years

Published: 06/06/2014

On June 13, 1989, Governor Bill Clinton signed an executive order creating the Keep Arkansas Beautiful program. It began as a statewide litter-prevention and recycling initiative. Since then, the nonprofit organization has grown significantly while working with communities statewide, helping them become stewards of their local environments. Arkansas has a history of protecting and nurturing o...

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Cleburne County Library Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Published: 06/04/2014

Governor Beebe participates in the Cleburne County Library Ribbon-Cutting...

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Governor Beebe Announces Intent to Grant Pardons

Published: 06/03/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced his intent to grant eight pardons. An additional 49 clemency requests were denied and 20 had no action taken upon them. These include requests from both inmates and non-inmates. The eight applicants intended for pardons have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their senten...

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Impact of Energy Legislation Is Gradually Being Felt in Arkansas

Published: 06/03/2014

May 30, 2014 LITTLE ROCK - It can take several years before the effects of legislation is fully appreciated, and that has been the case with the package of energy bills approved last year by the legislature. For example, Arkansas now has a handful of stations that sell compressed natural gas (CNG), and thanks to rebates and incentives in Act 532 of 2013 there likely will be more in the near fu...

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Boys State at the State Capitol 2014

Published: 05/30/2014



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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Healthy Results

Published: 05/30/2014

While we have been talking about Arkansas’s Private Option health-insurance program for a long time now, it’s actually only been active for five months. Those who work but can’t otherwise afford health insurance have only been signing up for eight months. Still, we are beginning to get some real data about our progress so far, and there is encouragement that this trailblazing experiment ca...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Healthy Results

Published: 05/30/2014

While we have been talking about Arkansas’s Private Option health-insurance program for a long time now, it’s actually only been active for five months. Those who work but can’t otherwise afford health insurance have only been signing up for eight months. Still, we are beginning to get some real data about our progress so far, and there is encouragement that this trailblazing experiment ca...

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Girls State at the State Capitol 2014

Published: 05/29/2014



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ADHE scholarships deadline June 1

Published: 05/28/2014


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Governor Beebe's Statement on the Death of Maya Angelou

Published: 05/28/2014

"Maya Angelou will always remain an Arkansas and American treasure. She drew from a troubled and painful childhood to write books and poems that have inspired countless others. From Stamps, Arkansas, to the steps of the U.S. Capitol for President Clinton’s inauguration, Maya Angelou showed how strength, determination and honesty can take us all to the heights of greatness.” - Governor Mike ...

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Girls State Swearing-in Ceremony 2014

Published: 05/28/2014

Governor Beebe addresses the 2014 Girls State Swearing-in Ceremony at Harding...

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Governor Beebe Announces 18 Appointments to Boards and Commissions

Published: 05/27/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following appointments to boards and commissions: Dr. Bryant Ashley, Jr., North Little Rock, to the State Board of Optometry. Appointment expires April 26, 2019. Replaces Dr. Kenneth Hubbard. Scott Bell, Conway, reappointed to the State Emergency Response Commission. Appointment expires January 14, 2018. Charles Blake, Little Rock, ...

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Deadline Approaching for Lottery Scholarship Applications

Published: 05/27/2014

LITTLE ROCK - The deadline for applying for Academic Challenge Scholarships is June 1, and the applications are available online at the website of the state Higher Education Department. That address is: www.adhe.edu High school graduates who intend to go to an Arkansas college or university are eligible if their grade point average is 2.5 on a scale of 4.0, with an "A" being a 4.0 and a "B" b...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Standing To Volunteer

Published: 05/23/2014

Since the founding of our democracy, the ideal of community service has been an integral part of our national character. As Thomas Jefferson said, “A debt of service is due from every man to his country proportioned to the bounties which nature and fortune have measured to him.” Time and time again, our leaders have called on us to meet this challenge. And always, Americans stand ready to offe...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Standing To Volunteer

Published: 05/23/2014

Since the founding of our democracy, the ideal of community service has been an integral part of our national character. As Thomas Jefferson said, “A debt of service is due from every man to his country proportioned to the bounties which nature and fortune have measured to him.” Time and time again, our leaders have called on us to meet this challenge. And always, Americans stand ready to offe...

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Governor Beebe to Help With Costs for Pulaski County Debris Removal

Published: 05/23/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe announced Friday that he will release $500,000 in State funds to assist Pulaski County in removing debris from the April 27 tornado. Pulaski County is not included in the Public Assistance portion of the federal disaster declaration. As a result, the damaged areas of West Pulaski County will not receive federal aid for debris removal costs. Beebe will release...

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Alliance Rubber Company Expansion Announcement

Published: 05/21/2014



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Memorial Day Shipper's Ceremony

Published: 05/20/2014

Governor Beebe today participated in the Memorial Day Enlistment Ceremony at the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History in Little Rock.

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Memorial Day Shipper's Ceremony

Published: 05/20/2014



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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: A Promise That Still Delivers

Published: 05/16/2014

College costs have risen four times faster than the annual rate of inflation in recent decades. No one is more aware of this than today’s students and their parents. Sticker shock, mixed with the daunting class loads of college, can cause some students to consider forgoing higher education. But these days, it can actually cost more not to go to college. In 2013, the earnings gap between youn...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: A Promise That Still Delivers

Published: 05/16/2014

College costs have risen four times faster than the annual rate of inflation in recent decades. No one is more aware of this than today’s students and their parents. Sticker shock, mixed with the daunting class loads of college, can cause some students to consider forgoing higher education. But these days, it can actually cost more not to go to college. In 2013, the earnings gap between youn...

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Voters Must Show Photo ID to Get a Ballot for May 20 Primaries

Published: 05/15/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas citizens who go to the polls on May 20 to vote in the preferential primary elections must present a government-issued photo ID in order to get a ballot. People who vote early between now and election day will also have to show a photo ID. The May 20 primary will be the first statewide election in Arkansas conducted under the provisions of Act 595 of 2013, which requires v...

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Governor Beebe Announces 21 Appointment to Boards and Commissions

Published: 05/14/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following appointments to boards and commissions: Theresa Brassfield, Blytheville, as the Mississippi County Judge, until such time as the elected county judge is physically able to resume his duties. Replaces The Honorable Randy Carney. Dr. Lisa Christensen, Little Rock, to the Universal Newborn Hearing, Screening, Tracking and Interven...

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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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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: National Cuts To The National Guard

Published: 05/09/2014

This winter, I spoke about the unified front demonstrated by our nation’s governors over the worrisome matter of potential cuts to the National Guard. Cuts are planned over the next two years to reduce the size of the Guard nationwide from 350,000 to 335,000. This includes about 300 soldiers in Arkansas. At our annual National Governors Association meeting in February, we made the case to P...

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Arkansas Officials Seek Expansion of Federal Disaster Declaration

Published: 05/09/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas submitted a request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency Friday afternoon to add ten counties to the Public Assistance Program established by President Obama’s major disaster declaration of April 29. If added, local governments in Clay, Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Lawrence Randolph, Sharp and White Counties can apply for federal funds to help cov...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: National Cuts To The National Guard

Published: 05/09/2014

This winter, I spoke about the unified front demonstrated by our nation’s governors over the worrisome matter of potential cuts to the National Guard. Cuts are planned over the next two years to reduce the size of the Guard nationwide from 350,000 to 335,000. This includes about 300 soldiers in Arkansas. At our annual National Governors Association meeting in February, we made the case to P...

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Governor Beebe Announces Intent to Grand Pardons

Published: 05/08/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced his intent to grant 15 pardons. An additional 38 clemency requests were denied and six had no action taken upon them. These include requests from both inmates and non-inmates. The 15 applicants intended for pardons have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences. ...

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President Obama Visits Vilonia

Published: 05/07/2014

Governor Beebe today toured storm damage in Vilonia with President Barack Obama.

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Governor Beebe greets President Obama

Published: 05/07/2014

Governor Beebe, along with Sen. Mark Pryor, Rep. Tim Griffin and Little Rock...

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Senator Bryan King to Hold Press Conference on Private Option

Published: 05/06/2014

May 6, 2014 For information call Senator Bryan B. King: 870-480-3155 LITTLE ROCK - Senator Bryan B. King of Green Forest and Representative Joe Farrer of Austin will hold a press conference concerning the Arkansas Private Option, which implements the federal Affordable Care Act, at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 8, in the Old Supreme Court room of the state Capitol. King and Farrer voted against the pri...

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Legislative Task Force Working on Changes to School Health Insurance System

Published: 05/06/2014

LITTLE ROCK - A legislative task force is working on structural changes to the public school employees' health insurance system, in an effort to keep it financially sound and to prevent dramatic increases in premiums for teachers and school staff. The changes under consideration include higher deductibles and increased employee contributions. Removing part-time employees from the plan could sav...

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Legislative Council Votes to Fund More Governor's Distinguished Scholarshps

Published: 05/06/2014

LITTLE ROCK - The Legislative Council approved dipping into a rainy day fund to pay for an additional 193 Governor's Distinguished Scholarships next fall. The state had enough funding for 300 scholarships, but more students were eligible this year and decided to attend an Arkansas university. Usually about 20 percent of eligible students leave the state, or the country, for college. If they don'...

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Declining Lottery Sales Prompts Debate Over Monitor Games

Published: 05/06/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas lottery sales, which finance college scholarships, have steadily declined since the first tickets were sold in 2009. Lottery officials and legislators expected a drop off because other states with lotteries experienced the same reduction in sales after the initial excitement wore off. In the past couple of years, revenue for scholarships in Arkansas has declined from almost...

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ADHE extends scholarship application deadlines to July 1 for Faulkner, Independence, Randolph, Pulaski, White County residents

Published: 05/05/2014


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Verizon Jobs Announcement

Published: 05/05/2014

Governor Beebe joins Verizon in announcing the addition of 300 jobs in Arkansas.

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Strength and Recovery

Published: 05/02/2014

Last year, Arkansas had an unusually calm year for tornado activity. It was a nice reprieve, but we knew it wouldn’t last. On the night of April 27th, powerful storms tore through Central Arkansas. A high-end EF4 tornado devastated Mayflower and Vilonia, staying on the ground for more than 40 miles through three counties. Fifteen Arkansans lost their lives, making it the deadliest day for tw...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Strength and Recovery

Published: 05/02/2014

Last year, Arkansas had an unusually calm year for tornado activity. It was a nice reprieve, but we knew it wouldn’t last. On the night of April 27th, powerful storms tore through Central Arkansas. A high-end EF4 tornado devastated Mayflower and Vilonia, staying on the ground for more than 40 miles through three counties. Fifteen Arkansans lost their lives, making it the deadliest day for tw...

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Governor Beebe Announces Three Special Justice Appointments

Published: 05/01/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the appointment of three Special Associate Justices to the Arkansas Supreme Court. These appointees will sit for four cases: Leslie Steen, Clerk v. Angela Byrd; Leslie Steen, Clerk v. Harry G. Foster II; John K. Kelly v.Mark A. Martin et al; and Valerie Bailey v. Mark Martin, Secretary of State, et al. The Special Justices are: Raymond Abram...

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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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Tornado Relief and Blood Drive at the Capitol

Published: 04/30/2014

(April 29, 2014) LITTLE ROCK, AR –Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin and his staff are collecting donations and hosting an annual blood drive to help those affected by the tornadoes that devastated Arkansas counties April 27. “Our prayers go out to our families and friends that are suffering from losing their loved ones and property. We are standing by, ready to help in any way possible,” said Martin.

Secretary Martin hosts an annual blood drive every year, but this year the blood donations will be used to help ensure all blood given to those injured from the tornadoes will be replaced on hospital shelves. According to the Red Cross, several units of type 0 negative blood and 40 units of plasma were used to help treat the injured. “We want to help put that back in the blood bank supply to help save lives when unbearable tragedies like this happen,” Secretary Martin said.

If you would like to donate blood May 7 please contact Susan Carter at 501-682-3042.

To help the over 200 people displaced by the April 27 tornadoes, you can donate items such as canned goods, batteries, toys and clothes. Donation boxes will be placed in several locations around the Capitol until May 19.


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Faulkner County Receives Federal Disaster Declaration

Published: 04/29/2014

LITTLE ROCK - President Barack Obama today approved a Major Disaster Declaration for Faulkner County, less than 24 hours after Governor Mike Beebe made his request to Federal Emergency Management Agency officials. This will allow tornado victims in Mayflower, Vilonia, and other areas of Faulkner County to apply for individual assistance as they recover from the storm. Affected residents can call...

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Governor Beebe Requests Federal Assistance As Storm Response Continues

Published: 04/28/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe asked FEMA regional officials for a Major Disaster Declaration for Faulkner County Monday afternoon. The verbal request is an unusual step, and will still be supported by damage assessments in the coming days. However, after statements of support from President Obama and Homeland Security officials, the opportunity to expedite help for Mayflower and Vilonia beca...

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Governor Beebe Tours Tornado Damaged Mayflower and Vilonia

Published: 04/27/2014

The day after a deadly tornado struck Central Arkansas, Governor Mike Beebe...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Keeping Pace With Global Competition

Published: 04/25/2014

The United States is a country built by exceptional achievements and a drive to always set the bar higher. However, in recent years, our national education system has not met those standards. The latest international educational survey was released late last year by the Program for International School Assessment. While at one time, we were consistently at or near the top of this survey, Americ...

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Community Development Block Grant 40th Anniversary

Published: 04/21/2014

Press Release from Arkansas Economic Development Commission: Governor Mike...

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Legislative Council approves Rainy Day Funds transfer of up to $2M for state’s highest scholarship recipients

Published: 04/18/2014


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Jaynn Sepich to Speak to Judiciary Committee

Published: 04/15/2014

Senate Information Office: 501-682-5954 The Senate Judiciary Committee will hear from Jayann Sepich, founder of DNASaves, on Thursday, April 17 at 1:30 p.m. in Room B of the Multi-Agency Complex next to the state Capitol. Sepich's daughter Katie was raped and brutally murdered in 2003 in New Mexico and her killer was caught with the use of a DNA data base. Stronger laws about collection of DNA ...

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Senator Rapert and Family Council to Hold Press Conference April 11

Published: 04/10/2014

April 10, 2014 Senate Information Office: 692-5954 LITTLE ROCK - Senator Jason Rapert of Conway and Jerry Cox, President of the Arkansas Family Council, will hold a press conference at 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 11, in the rotunda of the state Capitol to discuss developments in the litigation of Act 301 of 2013, also known as the "Human Heartbeat Protection Act." Rapert was the lead sponsor of th...

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State Agriculture Department Promotes Arkansas Grown Products

Published: 04/10/2014

LITTLE ROCK - The state Agriculture Department promotes Arkansas products in domestic and international markets, and helps ensure that farm, fiber and forestry products are safe. A relatively new effort of the Department promotes products grown in Arkansas. It is particularly helpful to small growers who don't have a large budget to market their products. They can apply to the Agriculture Depar...

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Secretary Martin introduces electronic notarization initiative

Published: 04/03/2014

For Immediate Release

Alex Reed, 501-682-1217

 

Secretary Martin introduces electronic notarization initiative

 

(April 2) LITTLE ROCK — Secretary of State Mark Martin announced today that Arkansas is implementing electronic notarization of documents.

 

“We are offering this option to help Arkansas business owners conduct operations more efficiently and economically,” Martin said.  “By electronically notarizing documents, procedures can be completed quickly, even if the parties of a transaction are miles apart, and without the expense of printing or mailing paper.”

 

The Secretary of State’s office is offering the commission enhancement to notaries public who are already in good standing.

 

“We do require training for e-notaries, to ensure that they understand the process,” Martin said. “For example, this is not remote notarization; the notary must still physically witness the signature.”

 

Notaries must submit an application form and, upon approval, register for the free e-notary training. The application is available on the Secretary of State’s website, at http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/BCS/Pages/enotary.aspx.

 

“One of my primary goals for this program was that it involve minimal cost to both the taxpayers and the notary,” Martin said. “I believe we have met that goal, and I am very pleased that we can offer this service. I look forward to seeing this initiative grow in Arkansas.”

 

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Senator Irvin Continues as Chair of Hunger Caucus

Published: 03/31/2014

Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. For immediate release. For more information contact Nancy Conley, Communications Director, nconley@arhungeralliance.org SENATOR IRVIN CONTINUES AS CO-CHAIR OF HUNGER CAUCUS LITTLE ROCK, AR (March 27, 2014 )−The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance is proud to announce that Senator Missy Thomas Irvin (R-18) has agreed to continue her service as Senate Co-...

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Legislature Completes 2014 Fiscal Session After Approving $5 Billion General Revenue Budget

Published: 03/27/2014

After approving a $5 billion budget for state government, the legislature officially adjourned the 2014 Fiscal Session. All but a few of the 300 bills approved during the session were budgets for state agencies, public schools and institutions of higher education. One non-budget measure, Act 210, will save the state more than $1 million because it avoids the necessity of holding a special elec...

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Secretary Martin Reminds Businesses to Pay Franchise Taxes by May 1 Deadline

Published: 03/25/2014

For Immediate Release

Alex Reed, 501-682-1217

 

 

Secretary Martin Reminds Businesses to Pay Franchise Taxes by May 1 Deadline

 

(March 25, 2014) LITTLE ROCK—Secretary of State Mark Martin today reminded Arkansas businesses who have not received a franchise tax filing form that they should request or obtain one today.

 

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.

 

“Payment of franchise taxes is an important part of our state budget,” Martin said. “Part of these funds go to the state’s general fund, but the majority of it is assigned to education adequacy.”

 

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 May 1 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 to eliminate mathematical errors that can slow down processing time.  The system generates 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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Statewide Trauma System is Saving Lives

Published: 03/20/2014

LITTLE ROCK - The Arkansas Trauma System, which the legislature authorized through Act 393 of 2009, saves more than 200 lives and $237 million a year, according to the most recent Health Department update. The trauma system ensures that accident victims are taken as soon as possible to a hospital that best can address their needs. That is not always the nearest hospital. In the past, ambulances...

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Gov. Beebe Takes Part in Childhood Hunger Panel Discussion with Jeff Bridges

Published: 03/17/2014

Governor Mike Beebe took part in a panel discussion on childhood hunger in...

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