A license to allow some teachers and staff in the Clarksville School District to carry concealed handguns and work as armed guards was suspended Wednesday. The vote by the Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies came in the wake of an opinion by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel that using the licensing law to arm staff violates state law.
A regulatory panel is discussing the disputed licenses that a west Arkansas school district is using to arm more than 20 teachers and staff to act as volunteer security guards on campus.
The Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies on Wednesday planned to discuss a legal opinion from Attorney General Dustin McDaniel that said the panel was wrong to issue licenses to 13 districts designating them as private security firms.
The Arkansas Secretary of State plans to appeal a Pulaski County judge’s ruling over the office’s use of private lawyers in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
On Monday, Judge Tim Fox disqualified the private attorneys Secretary of State Mark Martin hired for $200 an hour to represent him in a lawsuit filed by plaintiff Matt Campbell, an attorney and political blogger who says Martin did not comply with his requests for certain records.
The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission will host a series of events in the state to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.
King Commission Executive Director DuShun Scarbrough says a reenactment of that historic march during Civil Rights Movement will take place in Little Rock in an effort to promote dialogue and encourage Arkansans to end violence.