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Challenge to the EPA’s Carbon Rule

Rutledge Joins Challenge to the EPA’s Carbon Rule

Fri, Oct 23, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that she has joined 23 other States in filing a lawsuit that challenges the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) unlawful “Clean Power Plan,” which was published in the Federal Register today. In the documents filed with the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the States make clear that the EPA has no legal authority to promulgate or enforce the section 111(d) rule.

“I have expressed my concerns over this rule since February, even testifying in front of a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee, and urged the EPA to withdraw the rule,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The EPA is going far beyond its legal authority under the Clean Air Act. This unlawful rule will have serious and significant consequences. In a State like Arkansas where over half of the electricity is responsibly generated from coal-fired power plants, the impact will be felt in the pocketbooks of Arkansas utility ratepayers. These increased costs will have a direct impact on the State’s ability to grow good-paying jobs with fair, reasonable electric rates. Like all Arkansans, I favor clean air. But I do not favor heavy-handed and unlawful regulations from Washington that will hurt Arkansans.”

States already have firm deadlines to submit initial and final compliance plans under the rule despite the 1,560-page rule not being formally published until today.

Rutledge and other States have been seeking a stay of the rule since it was announced.

The States challenging the rule include Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, the Arizona Corporation Commission, and the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.

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Arkansas Supreme Court’s Decision to Stay Executions

Rutledge Comments on Arkansas Supreme Court’s Decision to Stay Executions

Tue, Oct 20, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement in response to the decision from the Arkansas Supreme Court to grant the prisoners’ request for a stay of executions until proceedings at the Circuit Court are resolved.

“The Arkansas Supreme Court agreed with the State’s argument that the Circuit Court did not have jurisdiction to stay the executions; however, the Supreme Court did choose to enter its own order, placing executions on hold pending the outcome of litigation at the lower court. While the Supreme Court’s decision is not about the merits of the case, it is unfortunate that this further delays justice for the victims. I will continue to defend Arkansas’s lethal injection statute and fight for the victims and their grieving families.”

Trumann Woman Sentenced for Medicaid Fraud

Rutledge Announces Trumann Woman Sentenced for Medicaid Fraud

Mon, Oct 19, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced today that a Poinsett County woman has been sentenced to five years of probation on a Medicaid fraud charge.

Kelly Gregg, 43, of Trumann pleaded guilty to billing for Medicaid services not provided, a Class B felony. Gregg must also pay $3,557.31 in restitution and $10,671.93 in fines.

“Investigators and attorneys from the Attorney General’s office are working tirelessly to catch and prosecute those who commit Medicaid fraud,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Medicaid is a critical safety net for some of the most vulnerable Arkansans, and I am committed to holding criminals who steal from Medicaid accountable.”

Gregg was arrested in December after it was reported to investigators that she was billing for services to a friend’s mother between January 2013 and March 2014 but was not providing the services. Gregg pleaded guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court on Monday.

The Attorney General Medicaid Fraud Control Until has arrested 24 individuals and has obtained 17 convictions across the State this year.

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