Arkansas Government

Arkansas Municipal League

Community-based policing is a focus at this fall’s Arkansas Municipal League conference. About 750 municipal and county officials discussed “respect and understanding” in law enforcement on Wednesday in Springdale.

Whitnee Bullerwell  is the League’s spokesperson. She said a panel of police officers and mayors shared their experiences with improving community relationships.

"Offering advice on what they've done in the past in  making certain community-based policing is a priority and all demographics are taken into account and considered," she said. 

Governor's Working Group on Highway Funding
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A group tasked by Governor Asa Hutchinson with finding additional revenue for highways in Arkansas is a step closer to submitting recommendations. Stakeholders conducted their final meeting Thursday in anticipation of finalizing proposals by mid-December. Chairman Duncan Baird said some ideas have more political support than others.

Arkansas State Capitol
Chris Hickey / KUAR News

Arkansas’ state government scored a D-, or 35th in the nation, regarding its laws, practices and systems for accountability and transparency, according to a report released Monday by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organization, and Global Integrity, a research organization.

ABC News To Look At Rep. Justin Harris 'Rehoming' Daughters

Oct 22, 2015
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Arkansas Times

The ABC News program 20/20 will air a one-hour special this Friday, October 23 about Arkansas State Representative Justin Harris "rehoming" his adopted daughters and the controversy surrounding it.

ABC News released this statement Thursday about the special:

Dennis Milligan treasurer
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Arkansas Ethics Commission has dropped eight of the 13 allegations from its investigation of Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan.

Milligan's former campaign staff filed more than a dozen amended campaign finance reports on Friday to address complaints filed by Little Rock attorney and blogger Matt Campbell.

Under ethics law reforms passed by voters last year, Milligan had 30 days to fix any unintentional reporting violations and the Ethics Commission then does not take action on those matters.

Arkansas Capitol
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A new policy is prohibiting the use of unmanned aircraft near the Arkansas state Capitol.

The Arkansas Capitol Police on Tuesday announced a new ban on the use unmanned aerial vehicles, including model aircraft or drones on the state Capitol grounds. The ban includes aircraft for hobby or recreational use, commercial use, or for any other purpose.

The exclusion zone is bounded by Interstate 630 on the south side of the Capitol to Markham Street on the north and Victory Street on the east to the railroad tracks on the west.

Office of the Governor

Governor Asa Hutchinson is challenging Arkansas to raise its overall college graduation rate and increase college enrollment of adults.

Dennis Milligan treasurer
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Arkansas Ethics Commission has told Little Rock attorney and blogger Matt Campbell it will investigate portions of an ethics complaint he filed against Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan last month.

Leslie Rutledge Attorney General
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced the creation of the Arkansas Cooperative Disability Investigations Program (CDI), a joint state-federal initiative to prevent fraud in disability programs administered by the federal Social Security Administration (SSA).

According to Rutledge, Arkansas is now the 29th CDI unit to take part in the federal initiative, which began in 1998 to investigate questionable statements and activities of Social Security claimants, medical providers and other parties to prevent potential fraud in the federal program.

Arkansas Capitol
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Starting Saturday through the first week in December, the Arkansas State Capitol building will be closed to the public on weekends.

Renovations on the first floor and to part of the House chamber pose safety concerns, says Chris Powell, spokesman for the Secretary of State's office. The office oversees the Capitol grounds.

"There is a lot of scaffolding, so we were primarily concerned with the safety of the public," Powell says. "On the weekends we have a lot of visitors and we just wanted to make sure it was going to be safe for people."