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Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Intent to Grant Executive Clemency

Published: 09/03/2015

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced his intent to grant 11 pardons and two restorations of firearms rights only. An additional 37 clemency requests were denied and three had no action taken upon them. These include requests from both inmates and non-inmates.

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

Governor Hutchinson intends to grant pardons to the following people:

James M. Ashley (Charlotte): Manufacture of Marijuana (C Felony), Possession of Marijuana (A Misdemeanor), Possession of Methamphetamine (C Felony) and Booby Trap Unlawful to Install/Maintain (D Felony).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2006—Independence County), the fact that all terms of the applicant's sentence have been completed and there have been no further felony criminal-law violations. There are no law-enforcement objections to the application.

Teisha Caldwell (North Little Rock): Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony), Possession of Controlled Substance, Marijuana (A Misdemeanor), Fleeing (Misdemeanor), Resisting Arrest (Misdemeanor) and Forgery (Man.Delv.Poss Cont Subs) (Unclassified).

This notice is issued based on the dates of conviction (1998, 2001 and 2002—Pulaski County), the fact that all terms of the applicant's sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law-enforcement objections to the application.

James D’Arezzo (Little Rock): Possession of a Controlled Substance, Marijuana, Second Offense (D Felony).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2000—Washington County), the fact that all terms of the applicant's sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law-enforcement objections to the application.

Heather Drye (Zachary, LA): Theft of Property $2,500 or more (B Felony) and Breaking or Entering (D Felony).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2004—Faulkner County), the fact that all terms of the applicant's sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. The Prosecuting Attorney has raised objections to the application.

Fakeesha Goins (Pine Bluff): Shoplifting (A Misdemeanor).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1996—Jefferson County), the fact that all terms of the applicant's sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law-enforcement objections to the application.

Brandon K. Martin (Cabot): Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Marijuana (C Felony) and Possession of a Controlled Substance, Marijuana (A Misdemeanor).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2004—Cleveland County), the fact that all terms of the applicant's sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law-enforcement objections to the application.

Oscar J. Mendoza (Conway): Domestic Battering Third Degree (A Misdemeanor).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2000—Faulkner County), the fact that all terms of the applicant's sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. The Prosecuting Attorney and Sheriff have raised objections to the application.

Twana Nixon (Fort Smith): Possession of Instruments of Crime, two counts (A Misdemeanor), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, three counts (C Felony), Delivery of Marijuana (C Felony) and Possession of Methamphetamine (C Felony).

This notice is issued based on the dates of conviction (1992—Crawford County, 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996—Sebastian County), the fact that all terms of the applicant's sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. The 12th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney has raised objections to the application.

Deldrick Parks (Little Rock): Theft of Property (A Misdemeanor).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1997—Pulaski County), the fact that all terms of the applicant's sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law-enforcement objections to the application.

Luis E. Sieler (North Little Rock): Controlled Substance/Criminal Penalties (A Felony).

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

Kelly G. Snodgrass (Jacksonville): Domestic Battery Third Degree (A Misdemeanor), Possession of Methamphetamine (C Felony) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony).

This notice is issued based on the dates of conviction (1999 and 2000—Pulaski County), the fact that all terms of the applicant's sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law-enforcement objections to the application.

Governor Hutchinson intends to grant restoration of firearms rights ONLY to the following people:

Derrick Hughes (Jacksonville): Theft of Property (Misdemeanor), Contempt of Court (Misdemeanor), Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver (C Felony) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony).

This notice is issued based on the dates of conviction (1996 and 1999—Pulaski County), the fact that all terms of the applicant's sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law-enforcement objections to the application.

Brian Stevens (Paragould): Possession of Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine, with Intent to Deliver (Y Felony)

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2004—Greene County), the fact that all terms of the applicant's sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law-enforcement objections to the application.

Contact: Press Shop (press@governor.arkansas.gov or 501.682.3612)


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Arkansas ACT Scores Basically Unchanged Since Last Year

Published: 09/02/2015

LITTLE ROCK - The results of this year's ACT tests are now available. They're the commonly used standardized tests for college admission. Arkansas high school seniors averaged a composite score of 20.4 out of a possible 36. That is the same average score as last year. Nationwide, the average score was 21, and it too is the same as last year. Although Arkansas students scored slightly below the ...

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Governor Hutchinson and ADHE Director Powell Announce Draft Plan for Arkansas Higher Education

Published: 09/01/2015

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson joined Dr. Brett Powell, Director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE), today to announce the “Closing the Gap 2020: A Master Plan for Arkansas Higher Education.” This draft plan focuses on six key points, including: (1) Closing the educational attainment gap; (2) Improving college readiness of students; (3) Reducing remedial education enrollments; (4) Concentrating efforts on adults and underserved populations; (5) Improving college affordability through reduced time to degree and institutional efficiencies; and (6) Directing state resources toward achievement of these goals.

This objective and draft of proposed goals, which can be found HERE, provides a starting point to determine and address challenging yet achievable goals for improving Arkansas’s higher education. A final master plan will be released at the end of October.

Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement:

“If you look at the data, adults in Arkansas who don’t get any education beyond high school don’t get ahead. If we hope to grow our economy, attract jobs and businesses and improve the quality of life in our state, we have to address this. I’m pleased that Dr. Powell has set some ambitious goals to bridge the educational attainment gap in Arkansas, and I know he’ll work together with our higher education institutions to determine the best way to meet those goals.”

Dr. Powell issued the following statement:

“Our long-term objective is to achieve a significantly higher post-secondary attainment rate in Arkansas by 2025. To do that, we must improve college graduation rates, increase the enrollment of adult students dramatically, reach the underserved students and improve college affordability. It’s a tall order, but it’s essential to move Arkansas forward.” 

 

CONTACT: Press Shop (press@governor.arkansas.gov or 501.682.3612)


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Governor Asa Hutchinson’s Public Schedule: August 31st – September 5th

Published: 08/31/2015

LITTLE ROCK – The following is a list of Governor Asa Hutchinson’s publicly scheduled events from Monday, August 31st, through Saturday, September 5th:

Tuesday, September 1, 2015:

LITTLE ROCK
Higher Education Announcement at the Presidents Council Meeting
11:00 am
Arkansas Department of Higher Education
First Floor Boardroom
114 East Capitol Avenue
Little Rock, AR

LITTLE ROCK
Girl Scouts Corporate Offices Ribbon Cutting & Open House
Speaking
4:30 pm
New Girl Scout Headquarters
11311 Arcade Drive
Little Rock, AR

Thursday, September 3, 2015:

CHERRY VALLEY
Cross County College & Career Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Speaking
4:30 pm
Cross County High School, Cafeteria
21 CR 215
Cherry Valley, AR

CONTACT: Press Shop (press@governor.arkansas.gov or 501.682.3612)


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Arkansas Tourism Continues to Grow

Published: 08/26/2015



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Department of Defense contract to manufacture the JLTV awarded to Oshkosh

Published: 08/25/2015

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Scott Hardin, Director of Communications
Arkansas Economic Development Commission
501-682-7306, shardin@arkansasedc.com


Department of Defense contract to manufacture the JLTV awarded to Oshkosh**

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (August 25, 2015) – The U.S. Department of Defense today announced that the military’s new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) will be manufactured by Oshkosh Defense in Wisconsin. Camden, Arkansas was one of three locations being considered as Lockheed Martin committed to manufacturing the vehicle at the Camden facility if they won the project.

“While Lockheed Martin was not selected as a contractor by the Department of Defense, the state of Arkansas did the right thing by supporting Lockheed Martin to make sure they were competitive,” said Governor Asa Hutchinson. “There is no doubt that we were competitive in terms of price, our workforce is second to none, and I remain very grateful for Lockheed Martin’s investment and confidence in our Camden facility. That investment will pay off in the long term.”

“While the JLTV will not be manufactured in Arkansas, our participation in this project will ultimately benefit southern Arkansas,” said Arkansas Economic Development Commission Executive Director Mike Preston. “Lockheed Martin has added some of the most advanced technology in manufacturing at their Camden facility and I have no doubt this combined with the area’s workforce will bring growth opportunities to the company in the near future.”

“I am disappointed in this decision but will continue to work with federal, state and local leaders to create future job opportunities for Arkansas,” U.S. Senator John Boozman said. “I am optimistic that Lockheed Martin’s facility in southern Arkansas will continue to play an important role in support of our nation’s defense."

“I am disappointed the Army did not select Lockheed Martin to build the JLTV,” said U.S. Senator Tom Cotton.  “Camden is a first-rate facility and the people who work there are some of the best in the world. I know they would have put their hearts and souls into this project. It is reassuring to know that JLTV will protect our service members—including the many who call Arkansas home—no matter where it is produced.”

 

** This press release is from Arkansas Economic Development Commission


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Governor Asa Hutchinson Selects Howard Brill as Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court

Published: 08/25/2015

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson has appointed Howard Brill as the next Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court, following the retirement of Jim Hannah, effective on September 1. Hannah’s current term is set to expire at the end of 2016.

Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement:

“Howard Brill has the respect of the Arkansas bar, the judges and the legal community in general. Because of his fine mind and reputation, he has the capability of bringing the court together and elevating the court in everything it does. I have known Professor Brill for more than three decades, and he is the one that lawyers seeking guidance call. He’s the one that judges seeking wise counsel call. He’s a legal scholar, he’s respected nationally and internationally, and he’s a great communicator. That’s a good combination for the court.”

Brill currently works at the University of Arkansas’s School of Law. He has been at the School of Law since 1975 and is the first Vincent Foster Professor of Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility. Brill teaches professional responsibility, remedies, civil procedure and domestic relations, as well as special topics courses on “Baseball and the Law” and Arkansas Constitutional Law.

Professor Brill graduated from Duke University in 1965 and taught English language and African literature as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sokoto, Northern Nigeria. In 1970, Brill earned his J.D. from the University of Florida Law School, where he was the editor-in-chief of the Florida Law Review, and later earned an LL.M. from the University of Illinois in 1979. He has taught at the Universities of Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, in addition to practicing with a small firm in Rock Island, Illinois. In connection with the School of Law's summer programs, Brill has taught in Cambridge, England, and St. Petersburg, Russia. Additionally, Professor Brill has taught comparative Constitutional Law and Legal Ethics at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania.

His publications include The Law of Damages in Arkansas (6th edition) and Arkansas Professional and Judicial Ethics (8th edition). He served on former Governor Bill Clinton's Commission on Ethics and former Governor Jim Guy Tucker's Ethics Task Force. Along with other court and bar association committees, Brill has served on the Professional Ethics & Grievances Committee of the Arkansas Bar and the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee. He prepares advisory ethical opinions for attorneys and judges and has served as a Special Associate Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court on several occasions.

From 1995 to 2010, Professor Brill served as the University of Arkansas’s Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA and the Southeastern Conference. Brill served as the interim dean of the School of Law during the 2005-2006 academic year. He is the faculty adviser to the University of Arkansas Christian Legal Society.

Howard Brill and his wife Katherine have three children, Christian, Elizabeth and Andrew.

CONTACT: Press Shop (press@governor.arkansas.gov or 501.682.3612)


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Governor Asa Hutchinson to Announce New Chief Justice in Media Availability Tomorrow

Published: 08/24/2015

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson will hold a news conference tomorrow morning for the purpose of announcing the new Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Details are as follows:

WHAT:
Governor Hutchinson to Announce New Chief Justice

WHEN:
10:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 25, 2015

WHERE:
Governor’s Conference Room
State Capitol
Little Rock, AR

CONTACT: Press Shop (press@governor.arkansas.gov or 501.682.3612)


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Governor Asa Hutchinson’s Public Schedule: August 24th – 29th

Published: 08/24/2015

LITTLE ROCK – The following is a list of Governor Asa Hutchinson’s publicly scheduled events from Monday, August 24, through Saturday, August 29:

Monday, August 24, 2015:

FAYETTEVILLE
2015 Arkansas Economic Developers Annual Conference
Speaking
11:30 am
Chancellor Hotel
70 North East Avenue,
Fayetteville, AR

Tuesday, August 25, 2015:

RUSSELLVILLE
Arkansas Tech University Freshman Convocation
Speaking
8:15 am
Arkansas Tech University
Tucker Coliseum
1604 North Coliseum Drive,
Russellville, AR

LITTLE ROCK
Governor’s Restoring Hope Summit
Speaking to Kick Off Event
1:00 pm
Marriott Downtown
Little Rock, AR

Wednesday, August 26, 2015:

LITTLE ROCK
Governor’s Restoring Hope Summit
Closing Remarks
11:00 am
Marriott Downtown
Little Rock, AR

Thursday, August 27, 2015:

MALVERN
Grand Opening of the College of the Ouachitas'
Center for Applied Science Technology
Speaking
2:00 pm
College of the Ouachitas
CAST Building
829 Martin Luther King Boulevard
Malvern, AR

LITTLE ROCK
Inaugural Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame Ceremony
Speaking
6:00 pm
Statehouse Convention Center
101 East Markham Street
Little Rock, AR


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All Arkansas High Schools Offer Computer Coding This Year

Published: 08/20/2015

LITTLE ROCK - As Arkansas schools begin a new school year, at least 1,300 high school students are starting classes in how to program and code computers, the governor announced. In October, educators will have a more complete picture of how many students have enrolled in computer coding classes. They expect the number to exceed 1,300. Also, 130 teachers have completed courses that prepare the...

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Governor Asa Hutchinson Sends Letter to Legislature Updating Redetermination Process

Published: 08/18/2015

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today sent the attached letter to legislators updating members on the redetermination process at the Department of Human Services. 

Governor’s Letter to Legislators

Example of Redetermination Process


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Senate GOP Caucus Supports Governor's Decision to Cut Funding of Planned Parenthood

Published: 08/15/2015

Arkansas State Senate Republican Caucus PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - AUG 14, 2015 Arkansas Senate Republican Caucus stands with Governor Hutchinson to defund Planned Parenthood The Arkansas Senate Republican Caucus stands with Governor Hutchinson and his decision to cancel MEDICAID contracts with Planned Parenthood. Recent revelations detailing the barbaric, cruel and illegal prac...

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Governor Asa Hutchinson Directs DHS to End Contract with Planned Parenthood

Published: 08/14/2015

LITTLE ROCK – Today, Governor Asa Hutchinson directed the Department of Human Services to terminate its existing agreements with Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma. Termination will be effective thirty days from the date of the letter attached (see below).

Governor Hutchinson released the following statement: 

“It is apparent that after the recent revelations on the actions of Planned Parenthood, that this organization does not represent the values of the people of our state and Arkansas is better served by terminating any and all existing contracts with them. This includes their affiliated organization, Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma. 

“I appreciate the legislature’s leadership on this important issue, especially that of Senator Eddie Joe Williams and Representative David Meeks.”

Letter from DHS

 

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Governor Asa Hutchinson Sends Common Core Letter to State Board of Education

Published: 08/12/2015

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today sent a letter to the State Board Education commenting on the recommendations from the Governor’s Council on Common Core Review. 

Governor's Letter to State Board of Education

 

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Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Appointments

Published: 08/12/2015

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

Tyler West, Little Rock, to the Arkansas Suicide Prevention Council.  Appointment expires June 4, 2019.

Audrey House, Altus, to the Arkansas Alternative Energy Commission. Appointment expires at the Will of the Governor. Reappointment.

Gregory Perkins, Lowell, to the Arkansas Alternative Energy Commission. Appointment expires at the Will of the Governor. Replaces Kurt Castleberry.

David Dodge, Roland, to the Arkansas Alternative Energy Commission. Appointment expires at the Will of the Governor. Replaces Leo Kauser.

Terri McCullough, Eudora, to the Mississippi River Parkway Commission of Arkansas. Appointment expires June 8, 2020. Reappointment.

Patricia Audirsch, Marianna, to the Mississippi River Parkway Commission of Arkansas. Appointment expires June 8, 2020. Reappointment.

Matthew Ross, Conway, to the Arkansas Towing and Recovery Board. Appointment expires June 22, 2018. Replaces Ronnie Walker.

Tommy Brown, North Little Rock, to the Arkansas Towing and Recovery Board. Appointment expires June 22, 2018. Replaces Walter Fenton.

Jeremy Vint, Alexander, to the Arkansas Towing and Recovery Board. Appointment expires June 22, 2018. Reappointment.

Joseph Spadoni, White Hall, to the Arkansas Towing and Recovery Board.  Appointment expires June 22, 2018.  Replaces E.L. Jacobs.

Leo Sutterfield, Mountain View, to the Arkansas Beef Council. Appointment expires March 30, 2018. Reappointment.

Sam Cecil, Russellville, to the Arkansas Beef Council. Appointment expires March 30, 2018. Replaces Charles Rodgers.

Billy Olson, McNeil, to the Auctioneer’s Licensing Board. Appointment expires April 15, 2019. Reappointment.

Johnny Mitchum, Maumelle, to the Auctioneer’s Licensing Board. Appointment expires April 15, 2019. Replaces Brad Wooley.

Lowell Wetherbee, Bentonville, to the Arkansas State Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, and Interior Designers. Appointment expires April 26, 2020. Replaces T.G. Connelly.

Robert Bevis, Scott, to the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission. Appointment expires January 14, 2024. Reappointment.

Rohn Craft, Jonesboro, to the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Board. Appointment expires January 14, 2019. Reappointment.

Dr. Cheryl Bryant, Little Rock, to the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy.  Appointment expires June 30, 2021.  Replaces Percy Malone.

Carol Rader, Fort Smith, to the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy.  Appointment expires June 30, 2021.  Replaces Sheila Castin.

Dr. Michael Courtney, Hot Springs, to the Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Appointment expires June 9, 2020. Replaces Jeffrey Kent Moore.

Kevin Case, Little Rock, to the Arkansas Tobacco Control Board. Appointment expires July 1, 2020. Reappointment.

Jay Hickey, Texarkana, to the Arkansas Tobacco Control Board.  Appointment expires July 1, 2020.  Replaces John Hauge.

Carolyn Collins, Paragould, to the Black River Technical College Board of Trustees. Appointment expires July 1, 2022. Replaces John Jackson.

Rodney Allen, Malvern, to the College of the Ouachitas Board of Trustees.  Appointment expires July 1, 2022.  Replaces Jean Harper.

Robert Cheatwood, Pine Bluff, to the Southeast Arkansas College Board of Trustees.  Appointment expires July 1, 2020.  Replaces Clifford Flowers.

Bonnie Davis, Sherwood, to the Pulaski Technical College Board of Trustees.  Appointment expires July 1, 2022.  Replaces Diane Bray.

Tommy Free, Fayetteville, to the Northwest Technical Institute Board of Directors.  Appointment expires June 30, 2020.  Replaces Marsha Jones.

Ryan Howard, Melbourne, to the Ozarka Technical College Board of Trustees.  Appointment expires July 1, 2022.  Replaces Paul Weaver.

Dr. Jim Carr, Searcy, to the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  Appointment expires May 1, 2021.  Replaces Sarah Argue.

Amy Braswell, Little Rock, to the Arkansas Commission for Coordination of Educational Efforts.  Appointment expires June 1, 2019.  Reappointment.

Dr. Kenneth Bridges, El Dorado, to the Advisory Council for the Education of Gifted and Talented Children.  Appointment expires July 20, 2018.  Replaces Ernest Enchelmayer.

Sabitha Govindarajan, Little Rock, to the Advisory Council for the Education of Gifted and Talented Children.  Appointment Expires July 20, 2018.  Replaces Brent Miller.

Rosilee Russell, Fort Smith, to the Advisory Council for the Education of Gifted and Talented Children.  Appointment expires July 20, 2018.  Replaces Marilyn Larson.

Joyce Wood, Pearcy, to the Advisory Council for the Education of Gifted and Talented Children.  Appointment expires July 20, 2016.  Replaces Tommie Anthony.

Jacquelin Brownell, Pea Ridge, to the State Board of Private Career Education.  Appointment expires April 15, 2016.  Replaces Christopher Comer.

Alice Obenshain, Cabot, to the State Board of Private Career Education.  Appointment expires April 15, 2022.  Replaces Doug Carter.

Jerry Richards, Fort Smith, to the Arkansas Board of Hearing Instrument Dispensers. Appointment expires July 31, 2018. Reappointment.

Dr. John Dickens, Little Rock, to the Arkansas Board of Hearing Instrument Dispensers. Appointment expires July 31, 2018. Reappointment.

Gregory Smith, Brookland, to the Arkansas Board of Hearing Instrument Dispensers. Appointment expires July 31, 2018. Reappointment.

Jean Campbell, Fort Smith, to the Arkansas Board of Hearing Instrument Dispensers. Appointment expires July 31, 2018. Replaces Shirley Clark.

Anthony Davis, Little Rock, to the Arkansas Geographic Information Systems Board. Appointment expires August 1, 2018. Replaces Matthew Hodges.

Russell Gibson, Fort Smith, to the Arkansas Geographic Information Systems Board. Appointment expires August 1, 2018. Replaces Clayton Castleman.

Danny Games, Little Rock, to the Arkansas Geographic Information Systems Board. Appointment expires August 1, 2018. Replaces Grant Tennille.

Robert East, Little Rock, to the Arkansas Workforce Development Board. Appointment expires May 1, 2018.

Jeff Griffin, Little Rock, to the Arkansas Workforce Development Board.  Appointment expires May 1, 2018.

Samuel Denton, Bono, to the Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy. Appointment expires July 1, 2018. Reappointment.

Robert Hill, Prescott, to the Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy. Appointment expires July 1, 2018. Reappointment.

Rex Bailey, Springdale, to the State Board of Barber Examiners.  Appointment expires June 30, 2021.  Replaces Kennith Robison.

Mary Fisher, Danville, to the State Board of Barber Examiners.  Appointment expires June 30, 2020.  Replaces Annette Ledbetter.

Dr. Ronald Martin, Little Rock, to the Medical Ionizing Radiation Licensure Committee.  Appointment expires July 14, 2018.  Replaces Scott Harter.

Scott Yakoubian, Little Rock, to the Medical Ionizing Radiation Licensure Committee.  Appointment expires July 14, 2018.  Replaces Lawrence Berkley.

Stephen Tabor, Greenwood, to the Arkansas Alcohol and Drug Abuse Coordinating Council.  Appointment expires July 1, 2019.  Replaces Joe Griffin.

Charles Willis, Paragould, to the Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee, Judicial District 2. Appointment expires January 14, 2019. Replaces Donald Purcell.

Diana Strange, West Fork, to the Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee, Judicial District 4. Appointment expires January 14, 2019. Reappointment.

Kenda Grover, Fayetteville, to the Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee, Judicial District 4. Appointment expires January 14, 2019. Replaces Terry Jones.

Chalmer Wayland, Sherwood, to the Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee, Judicial District 6. Appointment expires January 14, 2019. Reappointment.

Doyle Caldwell, Sheridan, to the Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee, Judicial District 7. Appointment expires January 14, 2019.

Steven Conly, Murfreesboro, to the Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee, Judicial District 9 West. Appointment expires January 14, 2019. Replaces Victor Pulido-Rojas.

George Webb, Camden, to the Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee, Judicial District 13. Appointment expires January 14, 2019. Replaces Chester Thompson.

Shawna Gay, Batesville, to the Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee, Judicial District 16. Appointment expires January 14, 2019. Replaces Justin Burge.

James House, Searcy, to the Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee, Judicial District 17. Appointment expires January 14, 2019. Replaces Randall McLeod.

Bart Walker, Alexander, to the Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee, Judicial District 22. Appointment expires January 14, 2019. Replaces Pamela Ray.

Andrew Branch, Bryant, to the Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee, Judicial District 22. Appointment expires January 14, 2019. Replaces James Crone.

Dr. Barry Pierce, Mountain View, to the Trauma Advisory Council.  Appointment expires July 1, 2017.  Reappointment.

Dr. Charles Mabry, Pine Bluff, to the Trauma Advisory Council.  Appointment expires July 1, 2017.  Reappointment.

Kathryn Blackman, Jonesboro, to the Trauma Advisory Council.  Appointment expires July 1, 2017.  Reappointment.

Kenneth Jones, Harrison, to the Trauma Advisory Council.  Appointment expires July 1, 2017.  Reappointment.

Dr. Ronald Robertson, Little Rock, to the Trauma Advisory Council.  Appointment expires July 1, 2017.  Reappointment.

Dr. Michael Pollock, Little Rock, to the Trauma Advisory Council.  Appointment expires July 1, 2017.  Reappointment.

Terry Collins, Little Rock, to the Trauma Advisory Council.  Appointment expires July 1, 2017.  Reappointment.

Jon Wilkerson, Conway, to the Trauma Advisory Council.  Appointment expires July 1, 2017.  Reappointment.

Dr. Corey Montgomery, Little Rock, to the Trauma Advisory Council.  Appointment expires July 1, 2017.  Reappointment.

Ranzy “RT” Fendley, Little Rock, to the Trauma Advisory Council.  Appointment expires July 1, 2017.  Reappointment.

Judge Gordon McCain, Ozark, to the Arkansas Sentencing Commission.  Appointment expires June 15, 2020.  Replaces Charles Davis.

Christopher Palmer, Little Rock, to the Arkansas Sentencing Commission.  Appointment expires June 15, 2020.  Replaces Allen Hankins.

Nathan Smith, Bentonville, to the Arkansas Sentencing Commission.  Appointment expires June 15, 2020.  Replaces Marc McCune.

The Honorable David Greenbaum, Little Rock, as a Special Workers’ Compensation Commissioner.  Michael Sparkman v. Idaho Timber, LLC; AWCC No. G406292.  Replaces Dale Douthit.

Derek Ford, Ash Flat, to the Sharp County Quorum Court District 5. Appointment expires December 31, 2016. Replaces Gary Rogers.

Dane Fulmer, Fort Smith, as the Sebastian County Justice of the Peace, District 13. Appointment expires December 31, 2016. Replaces Denny Altes.

Kristin Pawlik, Fayetteville, as a Special Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Arkansas. CV-15-65; Desoto Gathering Company , LLC v. Faulkner County Circuit Court, Honorable Troy B. Braswell, Jr., Barbara Ramsey and Richard Ramsey. Replaces Justice Karen Baker.

Curtis Hitt, Paragould, as a Special Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Arkansas. CV-15-33 Mahmood Admad, M.D. v Joseph Beck, M.D., Chairman, Arkansas State Medical Board. Replaces Justice Karen Baker.

Hermann Ivester, Little Rock, as a Special Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Arkansas. CR-15-266, William Dewey Gill v State of Arkansas. Replaces Chief Justice Jim Hannah.

Michael O’Quinn, Little Rock, as a Special Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Arkansas. CV-14-818; John Chad Griffin v State of Arkansas. Replaces Justice Paul Danielson.

Brain Vandiver, Little Rock, as a Special Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Arkansas. CV-15-357; Washington County, Russell Hill, County Assessor, David Ruff, Tax Collector and Fayetteville School District No. 1 v. Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas. Replaces Justice Courtney Goodson.


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Human Services Department Gears Up for Medicaid Eligibility Redetermination

Published: 08/12/2015

LITTLE ROCK -The state Human Services Department (DHS) will hire an additional 35 employees and reassign another 20 workers to speed up the process of verifying that people now on Medicaid are truly eligible for services. The governor lifted a hiring freeze for DHS so that it could add 35 employees. Also, the department has authorized employees to work overtime so they can more quickly clear th...

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson Details Special Coding Event Saturday; Announces Latest Computer Science Numbers

Published: 08/11/2015

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson announced the latest numbers regarding the state’s computer science initiative as the new school year approaches. To date, more than 1,300 students have signed up for the Essentials of Computer Programming course through Virtual Arkansas – a number Virtual Arkansas expects to grow. This summer alone, more than 130 teachers from all over the state have received training and professional development to teach computer science this year. The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) will have full enrollment numbers for all courses, face-to-face and online, by mid-October.

As the Governor has stated previously, his goal within the next four years is to have 6,000 students taking computer coding classes each year, and, as the numbers suggest, we’re well on our way.

Governor Hutchinson released the following statement: 

“This is an exciting time in Arkansas education. Computer coding not only provides our students with an advantage over other states in the modern workplace, but the potential economic impact for Arkansas is limitless. If you’re a high school student, and you haven’t signed up for computer coding classes for this year, I want to personally encourage you to do so. Tell your counselor – tell a teacher. Be part of history, and help Arkansas lead the nation in coding!”

#ARKidsCanCode:

In addition to the updated numbers, Governor Hutchinson announced a special kickoff event for computer coding this Saturday at The Clinton Presidential Center. As part of the Annual “Head of the Class Bash,” Governor Hutchinson, in partnership with the AT&T Foundation, Clinton Foundation and Arkansas STEM Coalition, will host a free “Hour of Code” for students inside the Clinton Center. The Arkansas STEM Coalition has purchased 70 laptops, thanks to the AT&T Foundation’s generous gift of $25,000. These laptops will be used in “Hour of Code” events throughout the state over the next year. Details on Saturday’s event are below. For more information on the “Head of the Class Bash” or Arkansas STEM Coalition, click HERE and HERE, and join the conversation on Twitter by using #ARKidsCanCode.

“Head of the Class Bash”
#ARKidsCanCode
Hour of Code Event
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
(Governor Hutchinson will be in attendance from 10:00 – 11:00 am)
Clinton Presidential Center
Great Hall
1200 President Clinton Avenue,
Little Rock, AR 72201

NOTE TO PRESS: Governor Hutchinson will hold a media availability at approximately 11:00 am, following the “Hour of Code” event.

CONTACT: Press Shop (press@governor.arkansas.gov or 501.682.3612)


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Governor Asa Hutchinson Appoints Sheriff Andy Shock to the State Parole Board

Published: 08/10/2015

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced the appointment of Faulkner County Sheriff Andy Shock to the Arkansas State Parole Board. Shock will replace Richard Mays, who resigned July 17, 2015. His term will expire January 14, 2018. Andy will resign his position as Sheriff upon his swearing in. His official start date is September 1, 2015.

Governor Hutchinson released the following statement on Shock’s appointment: 

"Andy brings hands-on experience in criminal justice from his tenure as sheriff of Faulkner County. He understands the justice system, how it works, and how it should work. Because of his real-world experience and character, Andy will be a valuable asset on the Parole Board, and I am pleased that he has agreed to serve." 

About Andy Shock:

Andy Shock, 41, is the current Sheriff of Faulkner County. His entire career has been in criminal justice, spending the last 16 years with the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO, 1999-Present). During that period of time, Andy was promoted from a Reserve Deputy to the following positions: Part-Time Deputy, Full-Time Deputy, Patrol Sergeant, Criminal Investigator, Patrol Lieutenant, and Enforcement Major. In 2012, he was elected Sheriff of Faulkner County. In 2004, Andy broke the national record of DWI arrests made by a deputy sheriff. In addition, he initiated the Faulkner County School Resource Program, serves on the Act 309 Department of Corrections Oversight Committee and is a member of the Criminal Justice Institute Advisory Board.

Andy, a lifelong resident of Faulkner County, his wife Kimberly “Kelley” Shock, and their two children live in Conway.

CONTACT: Press Shop (press@governor.arkansas.gov or 501.682.3612)


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Arkansas Natural Resources Commission Updating State Water Plan

Published: 08/05/2015

LITTLE ROCK - For three years the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission has been working on a new water plan. At public hearings and during meetings with local business and civic leaders, the commission has gathered ideas on how to revise the current water plan, which was completed in 1990. The goal is to secure safe drinking water for all citizens and to address the needs of the varying eco...

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Governor Asa Hutchinson Appoints Fowler to Replace the Late Judge Fergus

Published: 08/04/2015

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced the appointment of Thomas Fowler of Jonesboro as the Division 2 Judge of the Second Judicial Circuit in Arkansas, for a term expiring in 2020. Fowler replaces the late Honorable William Lee Fergus, who passed away on July 20, 2015, at the age of 66.

Governor Hutchinson released the following statement: 

“Tommy Fowler is well respected in the community and among those in the profession. He has the patience and judicial temperament to be an outstanding judge.”

Thomas Fowler has served as the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Craighead County for 15 years and has practiced law at the Fowler Law Firm in Jonesboro for 17 years. He is a 1993 graduate of Arkansas State University where he received the R.E. Lee Wilson Award, the highest honor given each year to one graduating senior. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 1998 from the University of Arkansas School of Law. Fowler has dedicated 28 years of service to the American Legion Arkansas Boys State and currently serves as its director. In 2013, he was selected as the Volunteer Attorney of the Year in Arkansas’ Second Judicial District. He currently serves on the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission where he has served since 2012. He is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, the Craighead County Bar Association, and the Arkansas Prosecuting Attorney’s Association. Mr. Fowler and his wife Leslie live in Jonesboro.

CONTACT: Press Shop (press@governor.arkansas.gov or 501.682.3612)


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Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Intent to Grant Executive Clemency

Published: 08/04/2015

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced his intent to grant seven pardons. An additional 42 clemency requests were denied and nine had no action taken upon them. These include requests from both inmates and non-inmates.

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

Governor Hutchinson intends to grant pardons to the following people:

Randy A. Bowman (Springdale): Battery 3rd Degree (A Misdemeanor) and Delivery of Cocaine, three counts (Y Felony).

This notice is issued based on the dates of conviction (1992—District Court of Fayetteville and 1995—Washington County), the fact that all terms of the applicant's sentence have been completed and there have been no further felony criminal-law violations. There are no law-enforcement objections to the application.

Carl W. Evans (Rogers): Possession of a Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine, two counts (C Felony).

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

Charli Beth Harris Evans (Rogers): Possession of a Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine, two counts (C Felony).

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

Stacey L. Fields (Taylor): Possession of a Controlled Substance (C Felony). 

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

Richard L. Gould (Fort Smith): Manufacture Marijuana (C Felony) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1994—Sebastian County), the fact that all terms of the applicant's sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law-enforcement objections to the application.

Mack W. Rowe (Marshall): Residential Burglary (B Felony) and Theft of Property (B Felony).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2000—Searcy County), the fact that all terms of the applicant's sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law-enforcement objections to the application.

Christy Thorne (Locust Grove): Possession of Methamphetamine (C Felony) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with Intent to Use (C Felony).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2004—Independence County), the fact that all terms of the applicant's sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law-enforcement objections to the application.

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Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Savings of $2.5M Over Six Months from Hiring Freeze

Published: 08/04/2015

LITTLE ROCK – As a result of the hiring freeze implemented at the direction of Governor Asa Hutchinson, the state has saved $2.5 million in salaries in the last half of Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 from January 13, 2015 to June 30, 2015. To date, there are 297 fewer state employees as a result of the freeze. Each position, on average, was frozen for 59 days. Currently, 433 freeze requests are pending a response from the Governor’s office.

Governor Hutchinson released the following statement:

“We want to be good stewards of the taxpayers’ money, and this is an example of carrying out that philosophy. My first act on my first day in office was to institute a hiring freeze so that we could be more efficient and prudent in how we staffed state government. 

“Instead of just filling open vacancies because government had in the past, I wanted my agency directors to determine whether we still needed these positions. In some cases, we did not. In other cases, we restructured to make better use of our personnel and public money.  The end result is a savings so far of some $2.5 million. Small things matter — and small things add up quickly.”

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Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Members of the Youth Justice Reform Board

Published: 08/03/2015

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson has announced the members of the Youth Justice Reform Board. The purpose of the Reform Board will be to provide statewide oversight and accountability for the effectiveness of commitment reduction services to the state and to stakeholders in the juvenile justice system. The Youth Justice Reform Board will work with the Division of Youth Services of the Department of Human Services to improve the overall effectiveness of the juvenile justice system.

Members are as follows:

Judge Joyce Warren, Little Rock. Pulaski County, Juvenile Judge.

Judge Troy Braswell, Conway. Faulkner County, Juvenile Judge.

Kate Shufeldt, Little Rock. Administrative Office of the Court, Court Improvement Program Director.

Bishop Robert Rudolph, Little Rock. Church of God in Christ, Auxiliary Bishop.

Scott Tanner, Little Rock. Juvenile Ombudsman.

Paul Kelly, Little Rock. Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families, Senior Policy Analyst.

Kristin Martin, Little Rock. Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Casey Beard, Little Rock. Public Defender’s Office.

Jerry Walsh, Magnolia. Arkansas Coalition for Juvenile Justice, State Advisory Group Chair.

Rhonda Wood, Conway. Arkansas Supreme Court Justice.

Daryl Bassett, Sherwood. Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, Director.

Paula Stone, Sherwood. DHS Division of Behavioral Health Services, Assistant Clinical Director.

Corey Thomas, Benton. Youth.

John Morgan, Hot Springs. Ouachita Children’s Center, Case Management Director.

Madelyn Keith, Clarkedale. East Arkansas Youth Services, Administrator.

Anne Wells, Benton. DHS Division of Children and Family Services, Mental Health Manager.

Johnny Key, Little Rock. Arkansas Department of Education, Commissioner.

Teresa Kramer, Conway. Family Involved in DYS.

Tom Tatum, Danville. Yell County, Prosecutor. 

Tom Masseau, Little Rock. Disability Rights Arkansas, Executive Director.

Laurence Miller, Little Rock. DHS Division of Medical Services, Senior Psychiatrist.

 

CONTACT: Press Shop (press@governor.arkansas.gov or 501.682.3612)

 


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Governor Asa Hutchinson on Pres. Obama’s “Clean Power Plan” Rule

Published: 08/03/2015

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson released the following statement in response to President Obama’s “Clean Power Plan” rule, which would work to reduce carbon emissions at all power plants across the country by 2030.

Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement: 

"While I was pleased that the final rule extended the deadline and provided some relief, it is clear that the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan could still result in significant electric rate increases for middle-class ratepayers while having a minimal impact on global temperatures. My administration will do everything it can to protect ratepayers. This includes continuing to work with the Attorney General and urging Congress to act to protect ratepayers and to continue to pursue litigation in opposition to the burdensome regulation. While we will continue to fight the final rule, we will also work with our industries and consumers to determine a lowest cost option to compliance.  

"When it comes to Arkansas’s energy policy, we must take a balanced approach in consideration of safety, reliability, cost-effectiveness and environmental impact. This is why I have directed leadership at the Public Service Commission and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality to fully review this rule and develop the best response for our state.”

Becky Keogh, director of ADEQ, and Ted Thomas, chairman of the PSC, will hold a press conference in two weeks to discuss the details of the rule and the stakeholder process.

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Governor Asa Hutchinson Names John Martin Senior Health Policy Advisor

Published: 08/03/2015

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced John Martin as his new Senior Health Policy Advisor. Martin’s start date is September 8, 2015.

Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement: 

“I’m excited to have John Martin join our team as our new Senior Health Policy Advisor. His expertise on healthcare is well known and his breadth of knowledge and experience on the issue will be of great value to my administration as we work to reform Medicaid and improve access to quality care for Arkansans.”

 Martin issued the following statement:

“I’m honored to join the office of Governor Hutchinson, who already has accomplished so much for the people of Arkansas. As a healthcare policy advisor, I’m especially excited about the governor’s vision for an innovative, cost-efficient healthcare system that works for Arkansas. I look forward to being a part of making that vision a reality.”

John Martin is currently the Deputy Legislative Director for Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), where he has served as primary advisor to the Senator on domestic policy including health care, agriculture, and other issues concerning Arkansas for the last two and a half years.

Prior to joining then-Representative Cotton in 2013, John worked for former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, managing the statewide grassroots operation for his 2012 U.S. Senate campaign in Wisconsin. John previously worked as a consultant for Deloitte, helping large energy and wholesale-distribution clients make their business operations more efficient and effective.

John holds a bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management from Texas A&M University and is a native of Ft. Worth, Texas.

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Schools Honored For Implementing Outstanding Physical Fitness and Wellness Programs in Arkansas

Published: 07/31/2015

Winning Schools to be Awarded State-of-the-Art Live Positively Fitness Centers

LITTLE ROCK – Today, Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Jake Steinfeld, Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils, announced the three winning schools that will each receive a state-of-the-art Live PositivelyTM Fitness Center. This multi-million dollar physical fitness campaign has named ML King Magnet Elementary in Little Rock, Lincoln Middle in Lincoln and SC Tucker Elementary in Danville as Arkansas’s most outstanding schools for demonstrating new and innovative ways for promoting student physical activity and wellness.

“Congratulations to the three winning schools for implementing healthy living curriculums into their classrooms,” said Governor Asa Hutchinson.  “I am proud of all the students, staff and community members involved in this effort and thank Jake Steinfeld for bringing this opportunity to Arkansas schools. Because of your dedication and support of active, healthy students, we are creating a healthier Arkansas!”

One of the greatest features of this program is that the Live Positively Fitness Centers are fully funded through public/private partnerships with companies like Coca-Cola, Anthem Foundation and Nike; and even better, there is absolutely no government funding or any costs to taxpayers.

“I’ve declared war on childhood obesity and I’m thrilled that Governor Hutchinson has joined our efforts to help put a stop to this disease in Arkansas,” said Jake "Body by Jake" Steinfeld.  “The National Foundation is really excited to award three Arkansas schools with new fitness centers that will have a lasting impact on kids well into their future. I’ve witnessed first hand the powerful impact a new fitness center has on kids…not only do they become more active and fit but they also have increased confidence, improved self-esteem and will achieve greater academic success!”

The National Foundation's goal is to build a nation of the fittest, healthiest kids in the world. Physical activity and exercise are shown to help prevent and treat more than 40 chronic diseases, enhance individual health and quality of life and reduce health care costs. In schools, studies show that physical activity improves academic achievement, increases confidence and self-esteem, reduces discipline problems, cuts absenteeism and fosters better interpersonal relationships.

The new fitness centers will be dedicated at ribbon cuttings ceremonies this fall. The National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils plans to bring its program to all 50 states in the coming years.

For more information about the National Foundation, visit www.natgovfit.org

About the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils
The National Foundation seeks to encourage and reward innovation in the field of youth fitness by awarding fitness centers to schools that use new and unique methods to promote student physical activity and wellness.  The National Foundation envisions a fitness center in every school in the U.S., helping to build a nation that—through innovation and a “Don’t Quit” attitude—boasts the fittest kids in the world.  Since 2012, the Foundation has delivered fitness centers in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, Georgia, New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia, California, New Mexico, Connecticut and Virginia.  In 2015, schools in Illinois, Arkansas, Florida and Texas will receive new fitness centers.

 

CONTACT:
Bill Bradley
(916) 213-5230
bill@me-comm.com


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"Back to School" Sales Tax Holiday This Weekend

Published: 07/31/2015

LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas will hold its annual sales tax holiday on Saturday, August 1, and Sunday, August 2. Clothing and footwear that cost less than $100 per item will qualify for the exemption. Keep in mind that if you buy an item that costs more than $100 you must pay the state and local sales taxes on the entire amount. Here's an example provided by the Department of Finance and Administrati...

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State Capitol to Close on Weekends Starting July 25

Published: 07/21/2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:  Chris Powell | chris.powell@sos.arkansas.gov | (501) 529-5441

 

State Capitol to Close on Weekends Starting July 25

Building Construction a Concern

 

(LITTLE ROCK, AR) – Due to ongoing construction and concern for the safety of visitors, the Arkansas State Capitol Police are advising the public that the Capitol building will be closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays beginning this Saturday, July 25. 

The closure will remain in effect through the fall as construction work is completed. The Capitol is currently undergoing renovations, including on the north end of the building in the House barrel vault and on the first floor. 

The building will be open to the public during normal business hours from 7:00 AM on Mondays through 5:00 PM on Fridays.

The Capitol is expected to reopen at 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 5th for the Capitol Lighting Ceremony and remain open through the holiday season.

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Nonprofit Corporation Annual Reports Due August 1st

Published: 07/15/2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Chris Powell  | chris.powell@sos.arkansas.gov | (501) 529-5441

Nonprofit Corporation Annual Reports Due August 1st

Reports Can Be Filed Online

(LITTLE ROCK, AR) - The Business and Commercial Services Division of Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin's Office is reminding nonprofit corporations registered in Arkansas that the deadline to file their 2015 Annual Report is soon approaching. The deadline to file is August 1. Postcards were recently mailed to all registered domestic and foreign nonprofit organizations. 

Annual Reports may be prepared and updated online at www.sos.arkansas.gov/BCS

A fillable-PDF form is also available on the Secretary of State website if organizations prefer to prepare their report that way and mail it in. The form can be accessed at http://1.usa.gov/1OdGnMR.

Annual Reports can be mailed to Business and Commercial Services Division, 1401 West Capitol Avenue, Suite 250, Little Rock, AR  72201.  If someone has questions about this process, they may call(501) 682-3409.

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Faith-based groups asked to recruit foster families

Published: 07/15/2015

LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas churches and religious organizations will be invited by the governor to a conference in late August at which he will ask their help in meeting two urgent needs - recruiting additional foster families and preparing inmates for life outside prison. The state Department of Human Services operates the foster care system. It lists about 4,400 in need of being placed in foster ...

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Secretary Martin Elected to Executive Board of National Organization

Published: 07/13/2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:Chris Powell | chris.powell@sos.arkansas.gov | (501)529-5441

Secretary Martin Elected to Executive Board of National Organization

Will Serve as Secretary of NASS

(LITTLE ROCK, AR) - Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin has been appointed to serve on the Executive Board of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) as the 2015-2016 Secretary. He was elected by the NASS membership at the 2015 Summer Conference in Portland, Maine. 

Secretary Martin said, “I am honored to serve my fellow Secretaries on the Executive Board. NASS is a great organization for sharing ideas and innovations from around the country and I look forward to this next year of participation in that process.”

Prior to this appointment, Secretary Martin served on the Executive Board as Member-at-Large and Notary Public Administrators (NPA) Liaison. During his membership with NASS, Secretary Martin has served on the Elections Committee, Voter Participation Committee, Business Services Committee, Corporate Affiliate Advisory Committee, the National Task Force on Emergency Preparedness for Elections, and as Co-Chair of the International Relations Committee.

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State Officials Prepare for Executions by Lethal Injection

Published: 07/08/2015

July 3, 2015 LITTLE ROCK - Immediately after the United States Supreme Court upheld the use of midazolam, a sedative, in lethal injections of inmates on death row, the governor directed the state Correction Department to obtain a supply of drugs so that Arkansas can resume executions. In a 5-to-4 decision, the court ruled in a case filed by death row inmates in Oklahoma that the use of midazolam...

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Arkansas Senate Republican Caucus Pledges to Protect Religious Freedom, After Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

Published: 07/02/2015

FOR RELEASE IMMEDIATELY PRESS RELEASE Ark Senate Republican Caucus unanimously pledges to propose legislation ensuring SCOTUS ruling regarding same sex marriage does not infringe on religious freedoms of Churches, Pastors, and religious institutions. In light of the recent U.S. Supreme court decision about same sex marriage, the Arkansas Senate Republican caucus will be drafting legislation to ...

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Legislators Look at Levee Maintenance Needs

Published: 07/02/2015

LITTLE ROCK - Flooding due to recent heavy rains has focused the legislature's attention on the need to improve oversight of the patchwork of levees throughout Arkansas. Two joint legislative committees - the Senate and House Committees on Insurance and Commerce and the Senate and House Committees on Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development - are working on a plan to modernize how levees ...

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Prison Population Predicted to Increase

Published: 07/02/2015

LITTLE ROCK - Stricter parole policies are driving a sharp increase in the number of inmates in Arkansas prisons. Legislators are paying close attention to the effect of new state laws enacted earlier this year, which they hope will stabilize growth in the prison population. The Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force received a report from a consultant who has studied trends in Arkansas prisons ...

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ArkTank Event Announcement

Published: 06/30/2015

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CONTACT: Caron Dunn, PhD | Email: arksubmit@outlook.com | Phone Number: 870-898-0401 | P.O. Box 4382, Little Rock, Arkansas 72214  

 

ArkTank Event Announcement

Youth Entrepreneurs Wanted for Business Competition

(Little Rock, AR) - We are searching for Youth Entrepreneurs living in the Central Arkansas (Little Rock, North Little Rock,and Conway) area who are interested in participating in the first ever “ARKTANK”. This is Arkansas’ take on the popular Shark Tank television program, geared to supporting our young entrepreneurs.

The purpose of Ark Tank is for youth entrepreneurs 14-18 years of age to present their business concept and/or business plan in front of a group of successful business owners (business mentors) in an attempt to secure a partner(s), mentoring and assistance to launch/build their company.

Youth entrepreneurs interested in applying can find detailed information on the Secretary of State website at http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/BCS/Pages/ArkTank.aspx. The deadline to apply is July 6th at 11:59 p.m.

There will be an Ark Tank Demo Day on July 29th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Old Supreme Court Chamber at the State Capitol,and an Ark Tank Appreciation Luncheon invitation to all applicants who applied for Ark Tank, is scheduled for July 30th. Daryl Bassett, Director of the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, will speak to our young entrepreneurs and encourage them to continue their work as developing business owners. The luncheon will take place in the Secretary of State Training Room(Room 165, Victory Building, 1401 W. Capitol Ave., Little Rock, AR 72201).

ARK TANK is in partnership with Career Management and Service (CMSC), Inc., Self-Help, Inc., the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, Arkansas Capital Corporation, and is being hosted by the Secretary of State.

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Delegation from Ghana Welcomed at State Capitol

Published: 06/24/2015

Delegation from Ghana Welcomed at State Capitol

Officials from Volta Region in Arkansas to Build Partnerships

(LITTLE ROCK, AR) – The Secretary of State’s Office welcomed a delegation from the Volta Region of Ghana to the State Capitol on Tuesday, June 23. 

The delegation included Governor Helen Ntoso of the Volta Region; Mayor Pauline Aninyra of Kpando; Dr. Francis Zotor, University of Health & Allied Services; Rev. Dr. Cyril Fayose, President of Evangelical Presbyterian University College; Prince Kofi Kludjeson, business leader and President of Kludjeson International; and Prince Kwame Kludjeson, Chairman of Global Africa Sister Cities.  Sherman Banks of Little Rock, President Emeritus of Sister Cities International attended as well.

While at the Capitol, the delegation was hosted by Deputy Secretary of State Joseph Wood. The guests also visited with Governor Asa Hutchinson, State Auditor Andrea Lea, Commissioner of State Lands John Thurston, and representatives from the State Treasurer’s Office.

The group is in Arkansas to solidify working relationships developed with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Shorter College, and will visit the Aquaculture Fisheries Center at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Riceland Foods in Stuttgart. Wednesday through Friday, they will meet their counterparts (mayors and local officials) across the state during the Annual Convention of the Arkansas Municipal League.

This visit follows a recent trip in March by Secretary of State Mark Martin and Deputy Secretary Wood to Ghana’s Volta Region, as part of an economic development forum sponsored by Sister Cities International in partnership with the Arkansas Delta Region.

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Libertarian Party of Arkansas Petition Meets Signature Requirements

Published: 06/23/2015

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CONTACT: Chris Powell | chris.powell@sos.arkansas.gov | 501-529-5441


Libertarian Party of Arkansas Petition 
Meets Signature Requirements

Party Notified of Approval for 2016 Ballot Access

 
(LITTLE ROCK, AR) – In accordance with Arkansas Code Annotated § 7-7-205, the Office of the Secretary of State has notified the Libertarian Party of Arkansas that the new political party petition submitted to our office on June 2, 2015 is sufficient.

For a new political party, the required number of signatures is 10,000. The total number of signatures submitted was 15,619 and, after checking each submitted signature, 11,918 were valid.  Petitions for new political parties must be signed by registered Arkansas voters.

Before the Secretary of State can provide a certificate officially recognizing the Libertarian Party of Arkansas as a new political party, they must submit an affidavit, signed by the officers of the party, under oath, that complies with the provisions of Arkansas Code Annotated § 7-3-108(b).

Upon certification as a new political party, the Libertarian Party of Arkansas is free to field candidates in any upcoming partisan elections through the next general election in 2016.  However, as a new political party, they must nominate candidates by convention for the general election, rather than by primary.

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Secretary Martin Announces Vendor, Pilot Program for New Voting Equipment

Published: 06/17/2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Chris Powell | chris.powell@sos.arkansas.gov | (501) 529-5441

 

Secretary Martin Announces Vendor, Pilot Program for 

New Voting Equipment

Funding Still Sought for Statewide Implementation

 

(LITTLE ROCK, AR) – Secretary of State Mark Martin has chosen Election Systems & Software (ES&S) as the vendor for any state-purchased integrated voting system equipment going forward.  This announcement comes after months of evaluation and analysis and input from state and county officials.

“Sixty percent of votes cast nationwide in the last general election were cast using equipment from ES&S.  They are uniquely positioned to fulfill any requirement that we have and do so in a timely manner,” said Secretary Martin. 

Full statewide implementation, however, will not occur at this time.  Four counties(Boone, Columbia, Garland, and Sebastian) have been chosen to participate in a pilot program in which all voting equipment will be replaced and appropriate training conducted in time for the 2016 Primary Election in March.  The pilot program will be funded solely by the Secretary of State. 

Secretary Martin said, “We have listened to county officials and realize that integrating an entirely new system by next spring would be a challenge.  I am grateful to all of the county judges, clerks, election commissions and quorum court members who have been part of this process and offered feedback. My staff and I look forward to continuing to work with them as we begin to implement a new and modern election system for the people of Arkansas.” 

Specifically, the Secretary of State would like to express appreciation to the four county clerks who served on the voting system advisory board: Sherry Bell, Columbia County Clerk; Sharon Brooks, Sebastian County Clerk; Crystal Graddy, Boone County Clerk; and Sarah Smith, Garland County Clerk.

Act 151 of 2015 appropriated $30 million toward a new statewide voting system.  The pilot program will cost approximately $2.5 million. The Secretary of State will continue to seek the remaining funds needed for statewide implementation with a goal to have all counties equipped and trained by the 2016 General Election.

 

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Capitol Summer Exhibit Unveiled: "Tales From the Vault"

Published: 06/17/2015

June 16, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Chris Powell  | chris.powell@sos.arkansas.gov | (501) 529-5441

Capitol Summer Exhibit Unveiled: "Tales From the Vault"

Celebrating 110 Years of the Arkansas History Commission


(LITTLE ROCK, Ark) - This year, the Arkansas History Commission marks 110 years of collecting and preserving the source materials of the history of Arkansas with an online exhibit, “Tales From the Vault,” showcasing these state treasures.  The Capitol’s summer exhibit, of the same name, brings visitors face to face with some of these documentary gems, chosen by the Commission archivists themselves.

In 1905, the Arkansas History Commission was created by the General Assembly to be the official archives of the state, responsible for collecting, preserving and publishing historic records and other materials central to understanding the state’s history.  The brainchild of University of Arkansas history professor John Hugh Reynolds, the Commission had no physical seat until 1911, when Governor George W. Donaghey offered the Commission space in the new, as-yet uncompleted Capitol.  The Capitol would be the Commission’s home for the next four decades. During those years, under the direction of Dallas T. Herndon, the Commission would amass the core of its unequaled collection of Arkansiana.

“Tales From the Vault,” the Commission’s online offering, consists of 110 favorite items chosen by staff members, one for each year of the Commission’s service.  The Capitol installation features a wide sample of these staff choices, including minutes of the first meeting of the Arkansas History Commission, a headscarf worn by an Arkansas WOW (Woman Ordinance Worker) in a World War II-era defense plant, a rolling pin used in the household of early Arkansas missionary Cephas Washburn and a light-hearted letter penned by Washburn’s son, artist Edmond Payson Washbourne, while in camp during the Mexican- American War.  Two selections recall the Commission’s long history with the State Capitol: a souvenir of the Capitol’s November 1900 cornerstone laying, and the 1903 contract between the Capitol Commissioners and contractors Caldwell & Drake, for completion of the building by December 23, 1905.  Each item’s label offers detailed descriptions and information including archivists’ statements on why they chose each particular item for inclusion.

“Tales From the Vault,” the Capitol’s summer exhibit, is currently on view in the Capitol’s first-floor galleries, through Labor Day.

A video overview of the exhibit, produced by the Secretary of State's Office can be viewed on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/-23d7duJYvg

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Uncertainty Over Federal Funding Forces Postponement of Highway Projects

Published: 06/16/2015

LITTLE ROCK - At its most recent meeting, the Highway Commission opened bids on two construction projects - one to replace a bridge on Interstate 30 in southwest Arkansas and another to widen Interstate 49 in northwest Arkansas. Bids on another nine projects were not opened because highway officials continue to have serious questions about the future of federal highway funding. In a statement...

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General Assembly Approves 12 New Acts During Special Session

Published: 06/10/2015

LITTLE ROCK - During the three-day special session the legislature enacted 12 bills. Some acts are duplicates because they began as identical versions of Senate or House bills. Act 4 moves up the date of next year's primary elections, from May to March 1 so that Arkansas will join other Southern states in a so-called "SEC primary," named after the athletic conference. As a result of moving up...

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Legislature Completes Special Session

Published: 06/04/2015

LITTLE ROCK - The legislature completed a special session after voting to issue $87 million in bonds for a proposed industrial development project in south Arkansas that would manufacture the next generation of light military vehicles for the Army and the Marines. The Arkansas Economic Development Commission has been working on the proposal for two years. Arkansas is in competition with Indiana...

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New Law Expands DNA Collections by Police

Published: 06/01/2015

LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas law enforcement authorities will have access to a greater number of DNA samples because of Act 543, which the legislature approved in the regular session earlier this year. The police had been empowered to collect DNA samples from people arrested for violent crimes and sexual offenses. Act 543 expands that authority and enables law officers to collect DNA from everyone ar...

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Bids Awarded for Public School Broadband Expansion Projects

Published: 05/06/2015

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

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Legislature Adjourns 2015 Session Sine Die

Published: 04/30/2015

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

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

Published: 04/23/2015

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

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Legislature Approves Overhaul of Vocational Education System

Published: 04/16/2015

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

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2015 Legislative Session Goes Into Recess

Published: 04/09/2015

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

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Senate Votes to Build Monument of Ten Commandments on Capitol Grounds

Published: 04/01/2015

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

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Secretary Martin Reminds Businesses Franchise Tax Deadline May 1

Published: 03/31/2015

March 31, 2015

 

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

 

 Secretary Martin Reminds Businesses Franchise Tax Deadline May 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Senate Passes Overhaul of Technical and Vocational Education

Published: 03/26/2015

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

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Legislature Approves Waiver Process for Small Schools to Avoid Potential Consolidation

Published: 03/18/2015

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

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

Published: 03/16/2015

March 16, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 


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Senate Approves Governor's Prison Reform Plan

Published: 03/11/2015

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

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Students Get First Hand Look at the Legislative Process

Published: 03/04/2015

March 3, 2015

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

 

 

Students Get First Hand Look at the Legislative Process

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Senate Approves Measure to Enhance Computer Technology Offerings in High School

Published: 03/03/2015

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

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Governor Outlines Prison Reform Plans

Published: 02/24/2015

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

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

Published: 02/21/2015


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


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


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

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

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

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

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Legislators File Proposed Constitutional Amendments

Published: 02/19/2015

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

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

Published: 02/17/2015

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

February 17, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

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

WHAT: Arkansas Veteran’s Legislative Day

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

WHERE: Second Floor Capitol Rotunda, Arkansas State Capitol Building

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHERE: Second Floor Capitol Rotunda, Arkansas State Capitol

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

 


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

Published: 02/12/2015

February 12, 2015

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CONTACT: Laura Labay

laura.labay@sos.arkansas.gov        

(501) 580-6430

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 


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Legislature Enacts Broad-Based Income Tax Reduction

Published: 02/12/2015

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

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Senate Passes Governor's Plan to Reform Medicaid

Published: 02/09/2015

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

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Italian Ambassador Bisogniero Visits Arkansas

Published: 02/04/2015

February 3, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Laura Labay, (501) 580-6430

laura.labay@sos.arkansas.gov                 

 

Italian Ambassador Bisogniero Visits Arkansas

Met With Governor Hutchinson and

Secretary of State Mark Martin

 

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

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

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

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Restoration Efforts at the Capitol Uncover Significant Find

Published: 01/27/2015

Restoration Efforts at the Capitol Uncover Significant Find

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

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

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

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

Currently, the project is on track for an estimated completion date near the end of February. 


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90th ARKANSAS GENERAL ASSEMBLY UNDERWAY

Published: 01/12/2015

For Immediate Release

Contact: Laura Labay

laurallabay@sos.arkansas.gov

Phone: 501-683-3702

 90th ARKANSAS GENERAL ASSEMBLY UNDERWAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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ENERGY EFFICIENCY AT CAPITOL SAVES TAXPAYERS $88,000

Published: 01/12/2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact: Laura Labay

laurallabay@sos.arkansas.gov

Phone: 501-683-3702

 ENERGY EFFICIENCY AT CAPITOL SAVES TAXYPAYERS $88,000

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

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

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

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

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

 

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90th ARKANSAS GENERAL ASSEMBLY CONVENES JANUARY 12

Published: 01/08/2015

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Published: 12/23/2014

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Contact: Laura Labay

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Phone: 501-683-3702



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

Arkansas Secretary of State Martin unveils doll exhibit for Christmas season

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



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

Published: 12/08/2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Laura Labay

Laura.labay@sos.arkansas.gov

Phone: 501-683-3702

 

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

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

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

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

 

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Capitol Lighting Ceremony Dec. 6th

Published: 12/01/2014

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Contact: Laura Labay

Laura.labay@sos.arkansas.gov

Phone: 501-683-3702

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

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

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

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


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Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin Confirms Certification of Election Results

Published: 11/20/2014

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin Confirms Certification of Election Results

 

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

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

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


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


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


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


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

 

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CERTIFICATION OF ELECTION RESULTS UNDERWAY

Published: 11/07/2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Phone: 501-683-3702

11/7/14

 

 CERTIFICATION OF ELECTION RESULTS UNDERWAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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ELECTION ADVISORY FROM ARKANSAS SECRETARY OF STATE MARK MARTIN

Published: 11/06/2014

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

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

Early Voting

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

Election Day Voting

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

Election Ballot Issues

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

Election Info

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

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

Absentee Voting

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

Published: 10/31/2014

For Immediate Release

Contact: Laura Labay

Phone:501-683-3702

Laura.labay@sos.arkansas.gov

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Published: 10/24/2014

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

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Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin Receives National Awards

Published: 10/23/2014

              For Immediate Release

Contact: Laura Labay

Phone: 501-683-3702

laura.labay@sos.arkansas.gov

   

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin Receives

 National Awards 

   

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

 

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

 

Capitol Dome Restoration

 

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

 

Public Service Web Video Winner

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

           

Digital Government Achievement Award

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

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General Election Advisory from Secretary of State Mark Martin

Published: 10/17/2014

For Immediate Release

Laura Labay, 501-683-3702


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

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

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

Voter Registration Deadline

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

Early Voting

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

Election Day Voting

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

Election Ballot Issues

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

Election Info

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

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

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

Absentee Voting

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

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

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

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

To download an absentee ballot application (click here).

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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Signature Verification Process Complete for Ballot Initiatives

Published: 09/09/2014

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

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

Published: 09/05/2014

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

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Dr. Rhonda Mattox Named Medical Director at AMHC

Published: 09/05/2014

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

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AMHC Transitional Leadership Team in Place until New Director Chosen

Published: 09/05/2014

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

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Camp iRock Encourages Fitness and Good Nutrition Among Girls

Published: 09/05/2014

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

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AMHC Partners with Nine Non-Profit Organizations Doing Community Outreach

Published: 09/05/2014

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

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

Published: 09/05/2014

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

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

Published: 09/05/2014

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

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September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month

Published: 09/05/2014

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

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

Published: 09/03/2014


For Immediate Release

Laura Labay, 501-683-3702

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


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

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

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

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


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Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment Makes General Election Ballot

Published: 08/29/2014

For Immediate Release

Laura Labay, 501-683-3702

Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment Makes 2014 General Election Ballot

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

Published: 08/18/2014

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

Date: 8/18/2014

For Immediate Release

Laura Labay, 501-683-3702

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

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

 


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Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment Turns In Additional Signatures

Published: 08/15/2014

For Immediate Release

Laura Labay, 501-683-3702

Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment Turns In Additional Signatures

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


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An Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage Short Valid Signatures

Published: 07/23/2014

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

An Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage Short Valid Signatures

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


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Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment Falls Short on Signatures

Published: 07/18/2014

Date: 7/18/2014

For Immediate Release:

Laura Labay, 501-683-3702

  

Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment Falls Short on Signatures

 

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


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An Act to Increase The Arkansas Minimum Wage Meets Initial Count

Published: 07/16/2014

For Immediate Release:

Laura Labay, 501-683-3702

  

An Act to Increase The Arkansas Minimum Wage Meets Initial Count

 

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

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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.

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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

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See You at the Fair

Published: 06/25/2014

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

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Teacher Workshop at the State Capitol

Published: 06/24/2014

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

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

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

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

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


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