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Former nonprofit executives admit roles in bribery scheme at Arkansas statehouse

BY: - September 28, 2022

The two nonprofit executives at the center of a federal corruption probe that shook the Arkansas Capitol over the last decade pleaded guilty on Wednesday. Tom and Bontiea Goss, the married couple who ran Missouri-based Preferred Family Health, admitted in separate pleas in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri to participating in […]

Arkansas Senate suspends Clark for “frivolous” complaint, changes rules for future ethics filings

BY: - September 27, 2022

The Arkansas Senate voted to sanction Sen. Alan Clark (R-Lonsdale), who was not present at Tuesday’s Senate meeting, for filing a “spurious, frivolous and retaliatory” ethics complaint against Sen. Stephanie Flowers (D-Pine Bluff). The 26-4 vote came after three Senate Ethics Committee meetings and two full Senate meetings, bringing an end to several weeks of […]

Arkansas Senate delays decision on possible sanctions for senator’s complaint

BY: - September 16, 2022

The Arkansas Senate did not reach a decision Friday about whether to censure Sen. Alan Clark (R-Lonsdale) after he tried to present a case to his colleagues that the ethics complaint he filed against another senator was not “frivolous and retaliatory,” as the Senate Ethics Committee found last week. Senators did, however, vote unanimously to […]

Committee recommends suspension, demotion for senator for “frivolous and retaliatory” complaint

BY: - September 9, 2022

State Sen. Alan Clark, R-Lonsdale, faces several possible sanctions after the Senate Ethics Committee decided Friday that his complaint against Sen. Stephanie Flowers, D-Pine Bluff, was “spurious, frivolous and retaliatory.” The committee met Sept. 1, Thursday and Friday, and members heard testimony and debated the complaint behind closed doors for a total of about 16 […]

Arkansas senators debate ethics complaint for 2nd day, decision expected Friday

BY: - September 8, 2022

The Arkansas Senate Ethics Committee on Thursday again failed to reach a decision after its second hours-long, closed-door meeting on a complaint state Sen. Alan Clark, R-Lonsdale, filed in August against another senator. The committee met for almost 10 hours on Sept. 1 to discuss the complaint in executive session before agreeing to table the […]

Arkansas legislators study solar power growth, net metering and recycling

BY: - September 8, 2022

State lawmakers on Wednesday began weighing how to regulate Arkansas’ growing solar industry. During the four-hour hearing, legislators heard a range of at times conflicting views about the potential impacts and viability of solar energy and net metering. Representatives of utilities, the solar industry and environmental advocacy groups agreed that solar power can benefit Arkansas […]

Arkansas senators debate ethics complaint for hours with no outcome

BY: - September 1, 2022

The Arkansas Senate Ethics Committee did not reach a decision Thursday after almost 10 hours of privately debating a complaint that state Sen. Alan Clark, R-Lonsdale, filed earlier this month against another senator. The committee will meet again Sept. 8 at noon and resume deliberations for “as much time as necessary in order to get […]

Convicted ex-Arkansas senator’s request for new trial rejected by federal panel

BY: - August 31, 2022

A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a lower-court ruling rejecting former Arkansas state Sen. Jon Wood’s request for a new trial after his conviction in a bribery and kickback scheme. Woods, who is serving an 18-year, four-month sentence, argued that he should receive a new trial based […]

Appeals court allows transgender care to continue in Arkansas

BY: - August 25, 2022

A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld an injunction blocking Arkansas’ ban on gender-affirming medical treatments for transgender children. The three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals kept in place U.S. District Judge James Moody’s order that temporarily blocked Arkansas authorities from enforcing Act 626, which was enacted in 2021 after the […]

Arkansas state senator agrees to repay salary for public defender work, agency head says

BY: - August 23, 2022

State Sen. Trent Garner, R-El Dorado, has offered to repay salary he was improperly paid for work during his short stint as public defender in Union County earlier this year, the head of the state Public Defender Commission said Tuesday. Commission Executive Director Gregg Parrish told a legislative committee that Garner had reached out to […]

Arkansas Legislature to hire outside law firm in redistricting lawsuit

BY: - August 18, 2022

Arkansas General Assembly staff plan to hire a Little Rock law firm to help with subpoenas in the lawsuit over congressional redistricting. A legislative subcommittee on Thursday authorized the Bureau of Legislative Research to negotiate a contract with the Mitchell Williams Law Firm for representation in the Pulaski County Circuit Court case challenging Arkansas new […]