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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Taking Advantage of Opportunity

Published: 10/24/2014

During his recent trip to Louisiana, Bill Clinton took time in his speech to thank the people of Louisiana. He thanked them for playing a role in paying for Arkansans’ health insurance. And he was right. Every state that borders Arkansas is helping to pay for the health care of our citizens. That’s a direct result of the Private Option. In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court left the decision to s...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Taking Advantage of Opportunity

Published: 10/24/2014

During his recent trip to Louisiana, Bill Clinton took time in his speech to thank the people of Louisiana. He thanked them for playing a role in paying for Arkansans’ health insurance. And he was right. Every state that borders Arkansas is helping to pay for the health care of our citizens. That’s a direct result of the Private Option. In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court left the decision to s...

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Beebe Names Interim Director for Office of Health Information Technology

Published: 10/24/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Beebe has appointed Shirley A. Tyson as Interim Director of the Arkansas Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT). Tyson will take the position on December 1, 2014, following the retirement of current Director Ray Scott. Tyson, 49, has served as the Chief Technology Officer for OHIT since its creation in 2010. A native of Pine Bluff, Tyson previously worked in heal...

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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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Arkansas Prescription "Take Back" Program One of Nation's Most Successful

Published: 10/23/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Thanks to participation by law enforcement agencies in all regions of the state, Arkansas has one of the most successful prescription drug take-back campaigns in the country. Since 2010, Arkansas drug prevention and law enforcement teams have collected more than 62 tons of out-of-date prescription drugs turned in by people cleaning out their medicine cabinets. At a joint meeti...

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Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin Receives

Published: 10/22/2014

               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 Cultural and 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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ELECTION ADVISORY FROM ARKANSAS SECRETARY OF STATE MARK MARTIN

Published: 10/20/2014

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

(October 19, 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 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 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. 

To download an absentee ballot application (click here).

Please contact your Arkansas 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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Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Reception

Published: 10/18/2014



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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).

Please don’t hesitate to contact the Arkansas Secretary of State's office with any questions or concerns at 501-682-5070.

 


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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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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Contagious Diseases

Published: 10/17/2014

The latest outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa has claimed more than four thousand lives, and for the first time, the virus has made its way to the United States. Constant news about Ebola, combined with speculation and the unknown, have generated both greater awareness and heightened fear among Americans. In Arkansas, there are no confirmed cases of Ebola. The risk to the general publi...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Contagious Diseases

Published: 10/17/2014

The latest outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa has claimed more than four thousand lives, and for the first time, the virus has made its way to the United States. Constant news about Ebola, combined with speculation and the unknown, have generated both greater awareness and heightened fear among Americans. In Arkansas, there are no confirmed cases of Ebola. The risk to the general publi...

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Legislative Council Adds Infectious Disease Protocol to October 17 Meeting Agenda

Published: 10/16/2014

October 16, 2014 Senate Information Office: 501-682-5954 Senator Bill Sample of Hot Springs, the Senate chairman of the Arkansas Legislative Council, announced that the final agenda item for Friday's meeting would be an update from state Health Department officials on protocol for assessing, monitoring, screening and treating any patients in Arkansas if they contract infectious diseases. The Co...

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Legislators Begin Budget Hearings

Published: 10/15/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Legislators began a lengthy and detailed review of all state agency spending requests, in preparation for the regular session that begins in January. Setting a balanced budget for state government every year is the most time-consuming duty of the legislature. Budget hearings begin in October, but legislative review of state spending continues through the session. The Joint Budget ...

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Gov. Mike & Ginger Beebe Tribute Award Video

Published: 10/14/2014

Gov. Mike and First Lady Ginger Beebe were honored with the Pat and Willard...

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Governor Beebe Announces 26 Appointment to Boards and Commissions

Published: 10/14/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following appointments to State boards and commissions: Dr. David Beasley, Jonesboro, to the State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors. Appointment expires July 1, 2016. Replaces Sherman Smith. Jonathan Bibb, Sheridan, to the Arkansas Independent Living Council. Appointee serves at the will of the gove...

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celebration Symphony Concert

Published: 10/12/2014



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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Advancing Scores

Published: 10/10/2014

Education continues to be our top priority in Arkansas, and we know that one of our biggest educational challenges is increasing the number of Arkansans who earn college degrees. This week, we received positive news reinforcing our long-term progress toward that goal. In the last school year, the number of Arkansas students taking Advanced Placement, or AP, exams increased, as did their overall sc...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Advancing Scores

Published: 10/10/2014

Education continues to be our top priority in Arkansas, and we know that one of our biggest educational challenges is increasing the number of Arkansans who earn college degrees. This week, we received positive news reinforcing our long-term progress toward that goal. In the last school year, the number of Arkansas students taking Advanced Placement, or AP, exams increased, as did their overall sc...

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Enrollment Down Slightly in Arkansas Colleges and Universities

Published: 10/09/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Enrollment at Arkansas colleges and universities is down 1 percent from last year, according to a report from the state Department of Higher Education. The overall decline is most notable at two-year colleges, which saw their enrollment go down from 56,116 students last year to 53,470 this year. That is a percentage decrease of 4.7 percent. Four-year universities saw a slight i...

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Governor Beebe Announces Intent to Grant Pardons

Published: 10/08/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced his intent to grant 17 pardons. An additional 43 clemency requests were denied and 18 had no action taken upon them. These include requests from both inmates and non-inmates. The 17 applicants intended for pardons have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences. T...

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Senator Elliott, SREB Commission to Work on College Affordability

Published: 10/08/2014

SREB Commission Examines College Affordability in the South October 8, 2014 For information call Beth Day, SREB Communication Director, 404-879-5544 ATLANTA, GA. - The Southern Regional Education Board has launched the Commission on College Affordability in the South to focus state policies on the goal of affordability for students and families. Senator Joyce Elliott of Little Rock, one of...

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Susan G Komen Race for the Cure 2014

Published: 10/07/2014



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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Good News from the Marketplace

Published: 10/03/2014

For too many years, when Arkansans talked about the price of their health insurance, good news was rare. For decades, costs have increased annually, hurting working families and leading to many companies dropping coverage for employees. Far too many of our people were left unable to make ends meet and still pay for insurance. Fortunately, circumstances have changed for many of those families who ...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Good News from the Marketplace

Published: 10/03/2014

For too many years, when Arkansans talked about the price of their health insurance, good news was rare. For decades, costs have increased annually, hurting working families and leading to many companies dropping coverage for employees. Far too many of our people were left unable to make ends meet and still pay for insurance. Fortunately, circumstances have changed for many of those families who ...

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Governor Beebe Announces 28 Appointment to Boards and Commissions

Published: 10/01/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following judicial appointment: Robert W. McCorkindale, Harrison, as Special Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Arkansas for the case styled 14-427, Nathaniel Smith, M.D. et al v. M. Kindall Wright et al. Replaces Justice Cliff Hoofman, who has disqualified himself from this case. Governor Beebe also announced appointments to the f...

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School Facilities Fund Falling Short of Demand

Published: 09/30/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Funding of public school facilities may be one of the most difficult budget issues facing legislators when they convene in regular session in January. In 2007 the legislature dedicated $456 million in "one time" money to the school facilities fund. That was the amount that was deemed necessary to equalize facilities funding among prosperous and poor districts of Arkansas, and to ...

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U.S. Marshals Museum Groundbreaking Ceremony

Published: 09/29/2014

Governor Beebe recently participated in the U.S. Marshals Museum Groundbreaking Ceremony in Fort Smith.

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Fueling Economic Engines

Published: 09/26/2014

In Arkansas, economic development manifests itself in many ways. In the past 10 days, we’ve seen a constant stream of announcements that will bring good jobs and new opportunities to our State. Each of these also illustrates approaches we use in powering the economic engines that generate success. Earlier this month, we broke ground on a large expansion for Dassault Falcon in Little Rock. Whi...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Fueling Economic Engines

Published: 09/26/2014

In Arkansas, economic development manifests itself in many ways. In the past 10 days, we’ve seen a constant stream of announcements that will bring good jobs and new opportunities to our State. Each of these also illustrates approaches we use in powering the economic engines that generate success. Earlier this month, we broke ground on a large expansion for Dassault Falcon in Little Rock. Whi...

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Gala for Life honors Governor Beebe and First Lady

Published: 09/26/2014

Rockefeller Cancer Institute/ UAMS; Gala for Life

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US Marshals Museum Ground Breaking Fort Smith

Published: 09/24/2014



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Arkansas Legislative Black Caucus Holding Retreat and Conference at Hot Springs

Published: 09/24/2014

September 24, 2014 Senate Information Office: 501-682-5954 HOT SPRINGS - Overhauling the state's justice system is the major theme of this year's conference of the Arkansas Legislative Black Caucus. Senators Joyce Elliott of Little Rock, Stephanie Flowers of Pine Bluff and Senator Linda Chesterfield of Little Rock were instrumental in writing the agenda for the 2014 conference. The retreat...

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Clean Harbors Expansion Groundbreaking Ceremony

Published: 09/23/2014



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Bid Opening by Highway Department Sets New Record

Published: 09/23/2014

LITTLE ROCK - The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department opened bids for 46 projects totaling $231.5 million. After a review of the bids, if the Commission accepts all of them as submitted they would comprise the largest single bid opening in Arkansas history. It would surpass the previous high bid opening in November of 2012, when bids for $222.5 million of projects were opened. The r...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Building Creativity

Published: 09/19/2014

A robot, named Nighthawk, whizzed around my conference room in the State Capitol last week. The machine spun on its four wheels while flashing its bright lights and stopping on a dime at my feet. It chased a ball around the room, tossing it and fetching it, even catapulting it to me from across the room. It entertained all of the adults in the room, including leaders from across this State. But th...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Building Creativity

Published: 09/19/2014

A robot, named Nighthawk, whizzed around my conference room in the State Capitol last week. The machine spun on its four wheels while flashing its bright lights and stopping on a dime at my feet. It chased a ball around the room, tossing it and fetching it, even catapulting it to me from across the room. It entertained all of the adults in the room, including leaders from across this State. But th...

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Most Arkansas colleges, universities enroll slightly lower numbers

Published: 09/18/2014


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Conway Regional Governor's Quality Award

Published: 09/18/2014



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Conway Regional Medical Center Governor's Quality Award Event

Published: 09/18/2014

Governor Beebe today participated in the Conway Regional Medical Center Governor's Quality Award Recognition Event.

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Hospitality Convention

Published: 09/17/2014



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Teacher of the year Finalists

Published: 09/16/2014



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Governor Beebe Announces Ten Appointments to Boards and Commissions

Published: 09/15/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following judicial appointment: Michael Murphy, Conway, as Circuit Judge in the 2nd Division Court of the 20th Judicial District. Appointment expires December 31, 2014. Replaces Michael Maggio. Governor Beebe also announced the following appointments to State boards and commissions: Dr. Timothy Calicott, Little Rock, reappointed to t...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: 20 Years of AmeriCorps

Published: 09/12/2014

Every day, you can witness Arkansas’s volunteer spirit in action. You may see individuals, families and groups who show up to lend a hand at the site of a natural disaster. There are many in our communities who take the initiative and give their own time and resources to start programs that help make our hometowns better places to live. Ginger and I see it all the time among all the nonprofit or...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: 20 Years of AmeriCorps

Published: 09/12/2014

Every day, you can witness Arkansas’s volunteer spirit in action. You may see individuals, families and groups who show up to lend a hand at the site of a natural disaster. There are many in our communities who take the initiative and give their own time and resources to start programs that help make our hometowns better places to live. Ginger and I see it all the time among all the nonprofit or...

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Americorps 20 year Anniversary

Published: 09/12/2014



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Secretary of State Certifies Ballot Issues

Published: 09/11/2014

LITTLE ROCK - The Secretary of State's office has certified two more ballot issues for voters to decide at the November 4 election - a proposed constitutional amendment to allow sales of alcohol and an initiated act to raise the state minimum wage. The alcohol and minimum wage issues will be on the ballot along with three proposed amendments referred by the legislature. Sponsors of both measur...

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FIRST Robotics Competition in Little Rock

Published: 09/10/2014

On September 10, 2014, Governor Mike Beebe participated in the announcement...

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Arkansas Rock City Regional Robotics Competition Announcement

Published: 09/10/2014

Little Rock will host an annual FIRST Robotics Regional Competition at Barton Coliseum on March 4-7, 2015. More than 60 Arkansas and regional high schools will participate in the event, and 3,000 students, teachers, mentors, sponsors and family members are expected to attend.

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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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Governor Beebe Announces 58 Appointment to Boards and Commissions

Published: 09/08/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following appointments to State boards and commissions: Dr. Sameh Abul-Ezz, Little Rock, to the State Kidney Disease Commission. Appointment expires January 14, 2015. Replaces Dr. Tim Langford. Richard Benson, Forrest City, to the Mississippi River Parkway Commission. Appointment expires June 8, 2016. Replaces Weston Lewey. Stephan...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Investing in Scientific Research

Published: 09/05/2014

With every passing year, science and technology grow more and more important to economic success. It is research that fuels technology’s advances and creates opportunities for tomorrow. Therefore, one of the most important steps we can take as a society and as a state is to invest in research. Throughout our region of the country, governors are committed to promoting economic-development stra...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Investing in Scientific Research

Published: 09/05/2014

With every passing year, science and technology grow more and more important to economic success. It is research that fuels technology’s advances and creates opportunities for tomorrow. Therefore, one of the most important steps we can take as a society and as a state is to invest in research. Throughout our region of the country, governors are committed to promoting economic-development stra...

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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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Governor Beebe Announces Intent to Grant Pardons

Published: 09/04/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced his intent to grant 15 pardons. An additional 49 clemency requests were denied and 18 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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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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Dassault Falcon Groundbreaking Ceremony

Published: 09/02/2014

Governor Beebe today participated in the Dassault Falcon Groundbreaking Ceremony in Little Rock. Dassault Falcon will build a sophisticated new hangar space for completions of the company’s recently announced Falcon 5X and Falcon 8X business jets.

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Changes Return Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund to Solid Financial Health

Published: 09/02/2014

LITTLE ROCK - The state's unemployment insurance trust fund has recovered significantly and by the end of the year will not owe any money to the federal government, the governor announced. A few years ago the state's trust fund was in debt to the federal government for $360 million because the severe economic recession in 2008 and 2009 that caused so many people to lose work and file for unempl...

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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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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Training Future STEM Educators

Published: 08/29/2014

Another academic year is underway, and we are one step closer to 2020. That is the predicted date when three-fourths of the jobs in Arkansas will require advanced skills in science, technology, engineering or mathematics: the STEM disciplines. In preparation for this transformation, more of our schools are employing the STEM Works Program. High school students who prepare early, by becoming invo...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Training Future STEM Educators

Published: 08/29/2014

Another academic year is underway, and we are one step closer to 2020. That is the predicted date when three-fourths of the jobs in Arkansas will require advanced skills in science, technology, engineering or mathematics: the STEM disciplines. In preparation for this transformation, more of our schools are employing the STEM Works Program. High school students who prepare early, by becoming invo...

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Arkansas Research Alliance Welcomes New Scholars

Published: 08/27/2014

Governor Beebe joins the Arkansas Research Alliance in welcoming new scholars...

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Legislature Working on Expansion of Broadband Access in Public School

Published: 08/27/2014

LITTLE ROCK - The legislature has begun the complex task of providing school districts in Arkansas with expanded broadband access. Innovations in computers, phones and the Internet are being introduced at an ever faster pace. Schools with outdated equipment risk falling further behind those with newer technology. One of the first steps toward providing equal educational opportunities to all ...

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Legislators Study Length of School Bus Routes

Published: 08/27/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Almost 60 percent of Arkansas public school students take the bus to school, and each morning they spend an average of about 49 minutes on the bus, according to an extensive survey by legislative analysts. On average, they spend another 49 minutes riding home. The survey was required by Act 1288 of 2013. Under the Arkansas Constitution it is the legislature's duty to provide an ade...

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Health Insurance Marketplace Premiums Projected to Drop Two Percent in Arkansas for 2015

Published: 08/26/2014

LITTLE ROCK - The Arkansas Insurance Department is projecting that insurance policies sold through the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace will see a net decrease of two percent in premium costs for 2015. This calculation includes the policies offered through the Arkansas Private Option, which will notice a small decrease in premiums, but will essentially remain flat in comparison to 2014. Thi...

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Governor Beebe Announces 35 Appointments to Boards and Commissions

Published: 08/25/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following education appointments: Kim Davis, Fayetteville, to the State Board of Education. Appointment expires June 30, 2021. Replaces Brenda Gullett. Dr. Milton “Olin” Cook, Russellville, reappointed to the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Appointment expires May 1, 2020. Christopher Gilliam, Sr., Magnolia, to the...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Arkansas Pays Its Debt

Published: 08/22/2014

Arkansas and America are still feeling the after effects of the Great Recession. Since the global economic collapse of 2008, our State has worked tirelessly to replace lost jobs and restore economic growth. While there are many national factors that influence the speed and scope of any recovery effort, there is a benchmark we are about to reach in Arkansas. Again, we show our capacity to work t...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Arkansas Pays Its Debt

Published: 08/22/2014

Arkansas and America are still feeling the after effects of the Great Recession. Since the global economic collapse of 2008, our State has worked tirelessly to replace lost jobs and restore economic growth. While there are many national factors that influence the speed and scope of any recovery effort, there is a benchmark we are about to reach in Arkansas. Again, we show our capacity to work t...

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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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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Big Potential for Broadband

Published: 08/15/2014

Arkansas has made great strides in national measurements for health care, excellence in education, and continued economic stability. We will keep building on that progress by embracing the tools, skills and resources necessary for us to remain competitive. One of those vital resources is a stronger broadband Internet infrastructure in our state, especially in our schools. While in the past, co...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Big Potential for Broadband

Published: 08/15/2014

Arkansas has made great strides in national measurements for health care, excellence in education, and continued economic stability. We will keep building on that progress by embracing the tools, skills and resources necessary for us to remain competitive. One of those vital resources is a stronger broadband Internet infrastructure in our state, especially in our schools. While in the past, co...

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Sen. Rapert Appointed to National Insurance Standards Committee

Published: 08/15/2014

August 15, 2014 For information call 501-682-5954 LOUISVILLE, KY. - Senator Jason Rapert of Conway has been appointed to the Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Commission, a national body that reviews insurance policies to ensure they meet necessary standards before being sold to consumers. "I'm greatly honored by this appointment," Rapert said. "The insurance industry continues to go thro...

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Governor Beebe ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Published: 08/14/2014

Governor Beebe takes the Ice Bucket Challenge.

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Welcome Home Affiliation Agreement Event

Published: 08/14/2014

Governor Beebe recently participated in the Welcome Home Affiliation Agreement hosted by the Arkansas Department of Veteran Affairs and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. An affiliation agreement referred to as “Welcome Home”, aims to help The Arkansas State Veterans Home at Fayetteville increase services for residents, reduce costs and upgrade facilities while helping UAMS NW ex...

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Senators Propose to Abolish Office of Lieutenant Governor

Published: 08/14/2014

August 14, 2014 For information call 501-682-5954 LITTLE ROCK - Senators Keith Ingram of West Memphis and Jimmy Hickey, Jr. of Texarkana will lead a bipartisan effort to abolish the office of lieutenant governor when the legislature convenes in January. To abolish the lieutenant governor's office requires voter approval of a constitutional amendment. The legislature may refer up to three propo...

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Prison Officials Propose Construction of New Maximum Security Unit

Published: 08/14/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas prison officials are proposing to build a new 1,000 bed unit with plenty of secure, isolated cells for repeat offenders and inmates who continuously cause trouble. The projected cost is between $75 million and $100 million. Under the state constitution the legislature has ultimate authority to determine spending by state agencies, and will consider the proposal during th...

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Arkansas Broadband Partnership Announcement

Published: 08/11/2014

Arkansas Partners with National Nonprofit Group to Connect Arkansas Students...

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Arkansas Partners with National Nonprofit Group to Connect Arkansas Students to High-Speed Broadband

Published: 08/11/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe announced today that the Arkansas Department of Education has partnered with EducationSuperHighway, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving Internet access in schools. Together, they have conducted the first phase of a comprehensive study of digital-learning readiness and K-12 broadband spending in Arkansas. The initial study results, which focus on Inter...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Leading the Nation

Published: 08/08/2014

While we’ve made great advances as a state in recent years, there are still areas where we sit toward the bottom in national rankings and need to improve. So, although we often see success, we stop only briefly to enjoy it before moving on to the next task. Happily, one of those pauses came along this week with some great Arkansas news. One area where we’ve been low on national lists is in...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Leading the Nation

Published: 08/08/2014

While we’ve made great advances as a state in recent years, there are still areas where we sit toward the bottom in national rankings and need to improve. So, although we often see success, we stop only briefly to enjoy it before moving on to the next task. Happily, one of those pauses came along this week with some great Arkansas news. One area where we’ve been low on national lists is in...

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Arkansas Tourism Industry Continues Steady Growth

Published: 08/07/2014

LITTLE ROCK - The Arkansas tourism economy grew by 3.35 percent last year and the number of visitors to the state increased from about 22 million to 23 million, according to the state Parks and Tourism Department. Those visitors spent more than $5.9 billion in Arkansas, proving yet again how important tourism is to the state's economy. The previous year's travel expenditures were $5.7 billion....

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Governor Beebe Announces Intent to Grant Executive Clemency

Published: 08/06/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced his intent to grant one commutation and six pardons. An additional 47 clemency requests were denied and 18 had no action taken upon them. These include requests from both inmates and non-inmates. Governor Beebe issued a notice of intent to grant a commutation of sentence to the following person from a term of 150 years to a term of 80 years in ...

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Arkansas Sees Sharpest Drop in Uninsured Rate in the Nation

Published: 08/05/2014

LITTLE ROCK - A Gallup report released Tuesday shows that Arkansas outpaced the rest of the country in reducing the rate of uninsured residents during the first six months of 2014. Arkansas’s uninsured rate fell from 22.5% at the end of 2013 to 12.4% midway through 2014. This means that approximately 45% of Arkansans who did not have health coverage at the beginning of the year are now insured...

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Governor Beebe Announces 22 Appointments to Boards and Commissions

Published: 08/04/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following appointments to boards and commissions: Dr. Jamie Brandon, Fayetteville, reappointed to the State Review Committee for Historic Preservation. Appointment expires June 30, 2018. Dr. Clifton Braker, West Fork, to the Northwest Technical Institute Board of Directors. Appointment expires June 30, 2018. Replaces John Scott. Ray...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Degree Matters

Published: 08/01/2014

In our ongoing efforts to increase the number of Arkansans completing college degrees, a new program shows promise for rapid results. This new initiative, called Degree Matters, targets approximately 6,000 people who have already completed three-fourths of the coursework required for an Associate’s Degree. The initiative has such great potential to make a difference that all of Arkansas’s two-...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Degree Matters

Published: 08/01/2014

In our ongoing efforts to increase the number of Arkansans completing college degrees, a new program shows promise for rapid results. This new initiative, called Degree Matters, targets approximately 6,000 people who have already completed three-fourths of the coursework required for an Associate’s Degree. The initiative has such great potential to make a difference that all of Arkansas’s two-...

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Zilkha Biomass Energy Announcement

Published: 07/31/2014

Zilkha Biomass Energy, a producer of biomass solutions to electric utility customers, recently announced it is building a facility in Monticello, Arkansas. The company plans to invest $90 million in the facility and create 52 new jobs.

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Sales Tax Holiday This Weekend, Saturday August 2 and Sunday August 3

Published: 07/30/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas will hold its annual sales tax holiday on Saturday, August 2, and Sunday, August 3. The legislature created the sales tax holiday by approving Act 757 of 2011. The intent of the act is to help families with children in school, and is commonly known as the "Back to School" sales tax holiday. However, everyone benefits from the holiday, whether or not they have children of...

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Board of Health Revises Immunization Requirements for Young Students

Published: 07/30/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Under new immunization requirements being considered by the state Board of Health, children who will be 11 when the school year begins must have at least one shot against tetanus, pertussis and diphtheria. Public health experts refer to the immunization as a Tdap shot. Parents will be in compliance with Board of Health requirements if they have been taking their children for shots...

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Storm Victims in Three Arkansas Counties Can Apply for State Aid

Published: 07/29/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe has released $300,000 from the Governor’s Disaster Fund to provide assistance to eligible, uninsured victims of the severe storms and flooding that occurred at the end of June. Eligible homeowners and renters who lost their primary residences in Monroe, St. Francis or Woodruff Counties will be able to apply for disaster assistance from July 31 through August...

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Arkansas Drug Director Announces Retirement

Published: 07/28/2014

Program Manager to fill position for remainder of year LITTLE ROCK - Fran Flener, Arkansas’s Drug Director, has informed Governor Mike Beebe of her intention to retire effective this Thursday, July 31. Beebe appointed Flener to the position in April of 2007. Steve Varady, who has been the Program Manager in Flener’s office since 2009, will serve as State Drug Director for the remainder of...

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