Rutledge Urges Supreme Court to Stay Ruling on POTUS Travel ProclamationMon, Dec 4, 2017
Says, ‘The President is lawfully granted this authority’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court requesting a stay of a decision limiting the Trump administration’s travel proclamation.
“The Supreme Court must stay this order as further proceedings on this issue are pending,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The President is lawfully granted this authority to make national security and immigration policy to keep Americans safe.”
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.”
“When it comes to deciding the best way to use a sovereign’s power over its borders to manage risk, courts have long recognized that the political branches are uniquely well situated,” explained Rutledge and her colleagues in the brief.
Arkansas is joined in the amicus brief by Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia.
Rutledge Calls on Congress to Allow Concealed Carry ReciprocityFri, Dec 1, 2017
Says, ‘protect Americans’ Second Amendment rights as they travel across the country’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge joined a coalition of 25 states urging Congress to pass legislation to allow law-abiding individuals to travel state to state while lawfully exercising their right to carry.
In the letter sent today to House and Senate leadership, the attorneys general explained that the Second Amendment historically has guaranteed the right to carry firearms outside the home for self-defense, but some states refuse to recognize any out-of-state concealed carry permits. The Attorneys General believe Congress should enact concealed carry reciprocity legislation to help implement the right to self-defense.
“Congress should step in to protect Americans’ Second Amendment rights as they travel across the country,” said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “The idea that some states do not accept any out-of-state concealed carry permits is unconstitutional and puts their residents at a greater risk of danger. The potential presence of a concealed carry holder often deters others from engaging in violence.”
The letter also notes that both the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 and the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 protect the rights of law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed handgun but do not allow for firearms carried by felons, those involuntarily committed to mental health facilities and other persons prohibited by federal law from possessing or receiving firearms.
In addition to Arkansas, the states of Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming signed the letter.
Rutledge Urges Arkansas Public Service Commission to Pursue a Balanced Net Metering Pricing PolicyThu, Nov 30, 2017
Says ‘the current credit structure would provide financial benefits for net metering customers on the backs of hardworking Arkansans’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced she is recommending a net metering rule change to the Arkansas Public Service Commission. Net metering is a bill credit that customers may receive if they have a distributed energy system, such as rooftop solar energy, which generates excess energy. That excess energy can subsequently be put back into the overall electrical system for all customers.
“I support the individual use of rooftop solar and other renewable technologies, but urge the commission to set a bill credit rate using the same methods it uses to set utility rates for all customers,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The changes I recommend are designed to avoid placing an undue burden on other electricity customers. Continuing the current credit structure would provide financial benefits for net metering customers on the backs of hardworking Arkansans who cannot or do not install individual use renewable technologies. This rule change must reflect rates that are fair to all customers.”
Since 2001 the Arkansas legislature has encouraged individual-use renewable technologies, like solar panels, wind turbines or other self-generation systems. In 2016, the legislature amended the law to allow the Public Service Commission to determine the level of the bill credit such customers should receive for the excess electricity generated.
Rutledge Issues Statement on D.C. Court Ruling on CFPB Acting DirectorWed, Nov 29, 2017
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued a statement regarding the United States District Court for the District of Columbia’s decision to side with President Donald J. Trump’s appointment of Mick Mulvaney to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Division.
“Today’s Federal court ruling halted Richard Cordray’s political agenda and blatant disregard for the rule of law. The reinforcement of the President’s appointment of Mick Mulvaney provides the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau the opportunity to genuinely protect consumers within the confines of the law and guaranteeing access to a free and fair marketplace.”
Rutledge Announces Jonesboro Man Sentenced for Medicaid FraudTue, Nov 28, 2017
Says, ‘Putting a stop to this type of fraud is a top priority of my office’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the conviction of a Jonesboro man for Medicaid fraud and theft. Emmett Paul Milam pleaded guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court and was sentenced to six years probation and must pay $90,941.10 in restitution to the Arkansas Medicaid Program Trust Fund, with $10,000 paid immediately, plus a $30,000 fine and exclusion from the Medicaid program for 5 years.
“Emmett Paul Milam scammed a vital safety net program for vulnerable Arkansans,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Putting a stop to this type of fraud is a top priority of my office. Attorneys and investigators at the Attorney General’s office continue to investigate these crimes and prosecute those who take advantage of the system and Arkansas residents.
Milam, 37, of Jonesboro pleaded guilty to one count of Medicaid fraud, a Class B felony, and one count of theft of property by deception, a Class C felony for submitting fraudulent billings and received payments for services not rendered from 2013-2015. The Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) suspended Milam’s Medicaid provider number after it was used to commit fraud. Milam then began billing using a different Medicaid provider number.
This case was referred to the MFCU by the OMIG and was prosecuted in cooperation with the Office of 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rutledge Joins Coalition Supporting Mulvaney’s Appointment to CFPBMon, Nov 27, 2017
Says, ‘Mick Mulvaney’s appointment is critical’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has joined with five other attorneys general in sending a letter to President Donald J. Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions in support of the President’s appointment of Mick Mulvaney as Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
“Given the CFPB’s history of bureaucratic overreach, not only do I agree with the Department of Justice’s legal reasoning, but I also think Mick Mulvaney’s appointment is critical to ensure the legacy of abuse established during Cordray’s tenure does not continue,” said Attorney General Rutledge.
“Even cursory consideration of the regulations adopted over the CFPB’s brief history illustrates the sweeping consequences of that agency’s actions—and the need for its Acting Director to be selected by a democratically accountable President, not the outgoing agency head,” the attorneys general wrote.
In addition to Rutledge, the letter, which was led by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, was signed by attorneys general from Alabama, Florida, Oklahoma and Texas.