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Rutledge Meets with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

Rutledge Meets with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

Fri, Jun 2, 2017

Says ‘The views and values of Arkansans must be heard in Washington, D.C.’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement following her meeting with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt at his office in Washington, D.C.

“The views and values of Arkansans must be heard in Washington, D.C., which is why today's meeting with Administrator Scott Pruitt was so important,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Administrator Pruitt and I talked openly about the need to protect our clean air and clean water in a cooperative and lawful fashion. I reassured the Administrator that I support the agency returning to its core mission, and I will continue to protect our farmers, ranchers and small businesses against overregulation."

While in Washington, D.C., Rutledge also met with the Acting General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Rutledge Applauds Opening of Final Veteran Service Office

Rutledge Applauds Opening of Final Veteran Service Office

Tue, May 30, 2017

Attorney General provided $170,000 to assist with creating 9 offices

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today applauded the opening of the final Arkansas Department of Veteran Affairs and Arkansas Department of Workforce Services Veteran Service Office in Hope.

The Attorney General’s office contributed the full start-up cost of $170,000 through lawsuit settlement dollars to assist the State Department of Veteran Affairs with opening Veteran Service Offices in Fayetteville, Forrest City, Fort Smith, Jonesboro, North Little Rock, Monticello, Mountain Home, Russellville and now Hope.

“Our veterans can now get the help they need close to home,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “It was a priority of mine that these offices become a reality to ensure our brave men and women who have given so much in service to our country get access to services they need.”

Assisting the Department of Veteran Affairs with the opening of these offices is part of Rutledge’s Military and Veterans Initiative which she created to assist active duty military, reservists, veterans and their families with consumer-related issues, veterans courts and other collaborative efforts.

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Rutledge Marks Memorial Day

Rutledge Marks Memorial Day

Mon, May 29, 2017

Says, ‘Let us never forget our fallen heroes’

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released a statement today in observance of Memorial Day.

“Brave, courageous, devoted – just a few words to describe the men and women who have protected our freedoms at home and abroad,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Each year, we pause on this day to remember their love of country, honor their memory, thank their family and instill in younger generations the true significance of their sacrifice. Matthew 5:4 says, ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.’ Let us never forget our fallen heroes, and may God bless their loved ones and this exceptional nation for which they died defending.”

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Rutledge Supports President’s 1-in 2-out Rule

Rutledge Supports President’s 1-in 2-out Rule

Thu, May 25, 2017

Says, ‘It is a very good start to undoing the damage of a bureaucrat’s dream of a vast administrative state’

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has filed an amicus brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in support of President Donald J. Trump and his executive order commonly known as the “1-in 2-out” rule. This order, signed by the President on Jan. 30, directs federal agencies to repeal two regulations for each new rule they issue.

“Rolling back unnecessary rules is a challenge for any administration,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The unlawful and unnecessary overregulation that has come out of Washington over the last several years has harmed job growth and hurt the economy. I commend the President for taking bold action, requiring that for any new regulation two must be eliminated. It is a very good start to undoing the damage of a bureaucrat’s dream of a vast administrative state.”

Citing the fact that over the last several years the regulatory burden has grown wildly – a burden largely carried by the states – because rarely are unnecessary regulations eliminated. The attorneys general believe the lawful executive order when fully implemented “will reduce the sprawl of unnecessary, costly regulations, consistent with congressional intent and important public policy considerations.”

Further, the brief notes that presidents have routinely issued executive orders instructing federal agencies to consider items such as cost, impact on the national economy and the effect of the rule on local governments. The attorneys general believe “the order is a reasonable exercise of that inherent authority, and will forward the interests of a more law-abiding administrative state.”

Led by attorneys general from West Virginia and Wisconsin, Rutledge is joined on the brief by the states of Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Wyoming.

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Rutledge Announces Mobile Office Locations for June

Rutledge Announces Mobile Office Locations for June

Thu, May 25, 2017

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced mobile office locations for June.

Attorney General Rutledge created the mobile office initiative during her first year in office to make the office accessible to everyone, particularly to those who live outside the capital city. In both 2015 and 2016, office hours were held in all 75 counties assisting nearly 1,300 Arkansans.

The Attorney General Mobile Offices assist constituents with consumer related issues in filing consumer complaints against scam artists. Staff will also be available to answer questions about the office and the other services it offers to constituents. Rutledge believes there is no issue too small for her staff to have a face-to-face conversation.

Rutledge continues her partnership that began in 2016 with local law enforcement across the State to offer prescription drug take back boxes. Law enforcement will be at all mobile offices to handle a secure box and properly dispose of the prescriptions collected. Rutledge encourages Arkansans to bring their old, unused or expired prescription medications to an upcoming mobile office.

For more information about services provided by the Attorney General’s office, visit ArkansasAG.gov or call (501) 682-2007. Rutledge can also be found on Facebook at facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge and on Twitter at twitter.com/AGRutledge.

The upcoming mobile office schedule is below:

Dallas County

Thursday, June 8

10-11:30 a.m.

Fordyce Senior Citizens Center

608 Moro St.

Fordyce, AR 71742

Desha County

Tuesday, June 13

10-11:30 a.m.

Dumas Public Library

120 E. Choctaw St.

Dumas, AR 71639

Ouachita County

Thursday, June 22

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Public Library of Camden & Ouachita County

405 Cash Road SW

Camden, AR 71701

Polk County

Tuesday, June 27

10-11:30 a.m.

Mena-Polk County Senior Center

Ouachita National Forest, 401 Autumn Drive

Mena, AR 71953

Pope County

Thursday, June 29

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Pope County Senior Activity Center

1010 S. Rochester Ave.

Russellville, AR 72802

About Attorney General Leslie Rutledge

Leslie Carol Rutledge is the 56th Attorney General of Arkansas. She is the first woman and first Republican in Arkansas history to be elected to the office. Since taking office, she has begun a Mobile Office program, a Military and Veterans Initiative, a Metal Theft Prevention program and a Cooperative Disability Investigations program. She has led efforts to teach internet safety, combat domestic violence and make the office the top law firm for Arkansans. Rutledge also serves as Vice Chairwoman of the Republican Attorneys General Association and re-established and co-chairs the National Association of Attorneys General Committee on Agriculture.

A native of Batesville, she is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. Rutledge clerked for the Arkansas Court of Appeals, was Deputy Counsel for Gov. Mike Huckabee, served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Lonoke County and subsequently was an Attorney at the Department of Human Services before serving as Counsel at the Republican National Committee. Rutledge and her husband, Boyce, have a home in Pulaski County and a farm in Crittenden County.

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Rutledge Announces Benton County Man Sentenced for Property Theft and Failure to Maintain Records

Rutledge Announces Benton County Man Sentenced for Property Theft and Failure to Maintain Records

Wed, May 24, 2017

Says, ‘People attempting to defraud Arkansas taxpayers will be held accountable’

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the conviction of a Benton County man for property theft and failure to maintain records.

Joseph Brannon Randolph pleaded guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court and was sentenced to five years probation. He will pay $27,942 in restitution to the Arkansas Medicaid Program, a $2,500 fine and court costs in the criminal case. Randolph also agreed to a civil judgment of $399,876.63 to be entered in Benton County Circuit Court for restitution and civil penalties resulting from false claims he submitted to the Arkansas Medicaid Program.

“People attempting to defraud Arkansas taxpayers will be held accountable,” said Attorney General Rutledge. ”Investigators and attorneys from the Attorney General’s office work each day to go after those who defraud the system in which so many depend. Medicaid is critical for some of the most vulnerable, and it is important for individuals like Joseph Randolph to be prosecuted for their crimes.”

Randolph, 42, of Bentonville, pleaded guilty to theft of property by deception, a Class B felony, and failure to maintain records, a Class D felony.

This case was initiated by a referral from the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General and was prosecuted in coordination with the 6th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley.

To report Medicaid fraud or abuse or neglect in residential care facilities, complete the online form at ArkansasAG.gov, call the Attorney General’s Medicaid fraud hotline at (866) 810-0016 or email oag@arkansasag.gov.

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