Rutledge Announces Mobile Office Locations for SeptemberTue, Aug 29, 2017
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced mobile office locations for September.
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:
Tuesday, September 5
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Bradley County Municipal Building
104 N. Myrtle St.
Warren, AR 71671
Thursday, September 7
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Searcy County Civic Center
515 Zack Road
Marshall, AR 72650
Tuesday, September 12
10:30 a.m. – noon
Paragould Community Center
3404 Linwood Drive
Paragould, AR 72450
Thursday, September 14
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Monticello Senior Citizens Center
203 Henley Drive
Monticello, AR 71655
Tuesday, September 19
10:30 a.m. – noon
Hope Senior Center
102 S. Main St.
Hope, AR 71801
Thursday, September 21
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Izard County Senior Citizen Center
30 Chapel Hill Road
Brockwell, AR 72517
Tuesday, September 26
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Ozarka College Ash Flat Location- Main Building Lobby
64 College Drive
Ash Flat, AR 72513
Thursday, September 28
10 – 11:30 a.m.
UA Cossatot Campus Cafe Lobby
183 College Drive
De Queen, AR 71832
Rutledge Commends Trump Administration for Ensuring Law Enforcement have Access to Tools and EquipmentMon, Aug 28, 2017
Executive order restores the full scope of a longstanding program for recycling surplus, lifesaving gear from the Department of Defense
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today commended the action of President Donald J. Trump for signing an executive order that restores the full scope of a critical program for recycling surplus, lifesaving gear from the Department of Defense, along with restoring the grants used to purchase this type of equipment from other sources that will directly benefit law enforcement and their mission.
The gear recycled through this program, which would otherwise be scrapped can be repurposed to help state, local and tribal law enforcement maintain public safety and reduce violent crime.
“President Trump is once again taking action to assist our local law enforcement officers,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “By repurposing this gear that would otherwise be scrapped and many officers would not otherwise have access to because of limited budgets, law enforcement agencies, including those across Arkansas, will be able to better protect citizens against dangerous gangs and criminals, respond to mass shooting incidents and assist in the event of devastating natural disasters.”
The President’s executive order today directs all executive branch agencies to cease implementing recommendations issued pursuant to an executive order from the previous administration and to rescind directives, guidelines and polices already implemented subject to that previous order.
The program, which the Obama administration curtailed, was created by Congress in 1990 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act, allowing the military to transfer surplus hardware and equipment to federal and state law enforcement for use in counter-drug activities. Congress expanded the program in 1997 to include all law enforcement agencies and missions. Since then, more than $5.4 billion in surplus gear has been transferred to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies.
Much of the equipment provided through the program is defensive in nature, such as armored vehicles and military-style clothing, and have been used to protect those responding to terrorist attacks like those in San Bernardino and Orlando.
Rutledge: President’s Travel Suspension Executive Order is LawfulThu, Aug 24, 2017
Files amicus brief with U.S. Supreme Court supporting the executive order
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the Trump administration’s temporary travel suspension, which was blocked by two lower courts before the Supreme Court allowed key elements of the executive order to go forward in June.
Rutledge filed a brief with the Court in early June, urging the justices to stay the injunctions and take the case.
“The Court must clarify that the President lawfully exercised his authority to temporarily suspend the entry of non-citizens into this country to keep Americans safe,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The executive branch was given this authority by Congress, and it is unfortunate that activist judges in lower courts have tried improperly to limit the President’s power.”
Congress has specifically granted the President broad authority under 8 U.S. Code § 1182, which says, “whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”
Rutledge and her colleagues note that the injunctions from the lower courts are contrary to the law, writing, “These injunctions deny the federal government – under a statutory regime crafted by the people’s representatives in Congress – the latitude necessary to make national security, foreign affairs and immigration policy judgments inherent in this country’s nature as a sovereign. The Court should reverse.”
Arkansas is joined in the amicus brief by Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia, along with Gov. Phil Bryant of Mississippi.
Rutledge Statement on Loss of Drew County Sheriff’s Deputy Timothy BradenThu, Aug 24, 2017
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today issued a statement on the loss of Drew County Sheriff’s Deputy Timothy Braden who died in the line of duty.
“Deputy Braden never backed down when faced with a dangerous situation to protect the citizens of Drew County,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “On behalf of the law enforcement community in our state – which has now lost four officers in the line of duty this year – I extend my thoughts and prayers to Deputy Braden’s young family, including his wife and four children, his dear friends and the people of Drew County. While today marks the end of watch for Deputy Braden, I know he will continue to watch over us all.”
Rutledge Co-Leads Brief to U.S. Supreme Court to Protect Free Speech and Religious ConscienceTue, Aug 22, 2017
Says, the court ‘must recognize that the actions of this florist in Washington are protected by the Constitution’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has co-led a 14-state coalition in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court urging the court to grant review and protect the freedom of speech and religious conscience rights of citizens, specifically a Washington florist named Barronelle Stutzman.
“The U.S. Supreme Court must recognize that the actions of this florist in Washington are protected by the Constitution,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “It would be unlawful and cruel to compel someone to express ideas that violate their deeply held-religious beliefs even after working to refer the customer to another business.”
Rutledge led a coalition of states in support of Stutzman in the Washington State Supreme Court in September 2016.
Stutzman declined to create a floral arrangement for and oversee its placement at a same-sex wedding based on her religious beliefs. She was subsequently sued by the State of Washington under its discrimination law and unfair business practices act, despite referring the longtime customer to other florists. Stutzman has served this particular client for years, considered him a friend and remains willing to serve him in the future. She simply believes based on her religious beliefs that she could not participate in, and use her artistic talents to create a flower arrangement for, the same-sex marriage.
The Washington State Supreme Court maintained that flower arrangements are not speech and that her referral to other florists was irreverent. The 72-year-old grandmother, who is defending against this legal action, now faces fines and legal fees estimated at $2 million, which could put her out of business.
As the states note, “government having the ability to order individuals to speak in a manner that violates their conscience is fundamentally at odds with the freedom of expression and tolerance for a diversity of viewpoints that this nation has long enjoyed and promoted.
Rutledge is co-leading this brief along with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. They are joined in the brief by the attorneys general from Alabama, Arizona, Idaho, Louisiana, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, along with Governor Matthew Bevin of Kentucky and Maine Governor Paul LePage.
Rutledge Continues Effort to Fight Labor Department’s Persuader RuleFri, Aug 18, 2017
Nationwide injunction in place; DOL should fully rescind
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is urging the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to rescind the Obama-era’s Persuader Advice Exemption Rule. The rule, which is enjoined nationwide because of a 10-state coalition’s lawsuit, led by Rutledge and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, would force disclosure of confidential information, communication and relationships between small businesses and their outside counsel in labor relations matters, has been found unlawful.
“The previous administration was posturing to its political base instead of protecting small businesses when it altered the Persuader Rule,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “This rule was about giving union-side attorneys an unfair advantage in litigation and nothing else. I am urging the department to follow the law, respect more than 50 years of legal precedent and fully rescind the Persuader Rule.”
The Obama administration’s reinterpretation of the Persuader Rule upended five decades of established federal labor policy and would have made it more difficult and expensive for small businesses to obtain legal advice. Rutledge’s lawsuit kept the Department from enforcing the new rule.
DOL’s proposal to rescind the Persuader Rule requires a 60-day public comment period before the Department can take final action. “Given that the Persuader Rule has the effect of regulating a traditionally state-regulated domain, and that Congress has made no such indication, the Department should rescind the rule,” the 17-state letter writes.
Led by the Texas Attorney General, Rutledge is joined on the letter by the Governors of Kentucky and Mississippi, as well as the attorneys general from Alabama, Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.