Rutledge Joins Coalition Supporting Elimination of WOTUS RuleMon, Oct 2, 2017
Letter encourages the preservation of the states’ role in protecting water resources
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge joined a 25-state coalition in filing comments with the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in support of language to permanently rescind the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.
The comment letter from Rutledge is part of the EPA’s ongoing review of the WOTUS rule as directed by President Donald Trump. The letter encourages the preservation of the states’ role in protecting water resources by fully eliminating the Obama-era rule and enforcing the pre-existing definition of WOTUS until more concise, lawful language can be adopted.
“The WOTUS rule was never about protecting our water in a responsible way,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Instead it was about forcing an overreaching political agenda on our farmers and ranchers – who are the first conservationist – and forcing them to cede large portions of land to the federal government. I encourage the EPA to move forward with the full repeal of this rule.”
Rutledge was part of a coalition that helped secure a nationwide injunction in August 2015, blocking enforcement of the rule, which allowed the new administration to review the rule.
Rutledge testified in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry in March 2015 urging the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the rule because of the negative impact it would have on Arkansas farmers. In 2012, agriculture added $20.1 billion to the Arkansas economy, according to the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.
The rule was issued in June 2015 and allowed the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to assert federal authority over a vast number of small bodies of water, roadside ditches, short-lived streams and any other area where water may flow once every 100 years.
Rutledge signed the letter along with her the states of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.
Rutledge Announces Mobile Office Locations for OctoberTue, Sep 26, 2017
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced mobile office locations for October.
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, October 10
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lawrence County Library
115 W. Walnut St.
Walnut Ridge, AR 72476
Thursday, October 12
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Glenwood Senior Activity Center
229 Betty St.
Glenwood, AR 71943
Thursday, October 19
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Newton County Senior Center
100 E. Clark St.
Jasper, AR 72641
Tuesday, October 24
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Fort Smith Senior Activity Center
2700 Cavanaugh Road
Fort Smith, AR 72908
Thursday, October 26
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Hudson Senior Center
900 Green St.
El Dorado, AR 71730
Tuesday, October 31
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Franklin County Senior Center
222 N. Vine St.
Charleston, AR 72933
Rutledge Statement on 60th Anniversary of Little Rock Central High School IntegrationMon, Sep 25, 2017
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, who attended today’s ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the integration of Little Rock Central High School, released the following statement:
“Sixty years today, nine brave students helped set a new course, not only for a high school and a city, but for a nation,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The Little Rock Nine showed moral courage and resolve in the face of great adversity as they climbed the steps of Little Rock Central and walked through the doors. Their climb – toward equality, justice and opportunity – is a climb we must never forget and commit to making continued progress.”
Rutledge Announces Arrest of Lake Village Woman for Medicaid FraudFri, Sep 22, 2017
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the arrest of a Chicot County woman.
Eva Sykes, 61, of Lake Village, was arrested by agents with the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and transported to the Pulaski County Jail. She is charged with one count of Medicaid fraud, a Class B felony. She is accused of fraudulently retaining Medicaid payments for services not rendered, totaling $47,596.40 in February 2015.
Medicaid fraud occurs when providers use the Medicaid program to obtain money to which they are not entitled. To report Medicaid fraud or abuse or neglect in residential care facilities, contact the Attorney General’s Medicaid fraud hotline at (866) 810-0016 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rutledge Announces Sentencing of North Little Rock Man for Crimes Involving ChildrenFri, Sep 22, 2017
Will serve three years in ADC and must register as a sex offender
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced today that a Pulaski County man was sentenced to three years in the Arkansas Department of Correction and must register as a sex offender.
David Wayne Davis, 64, of North Little Rock, was found guilty by Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen of 30 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving children, a Class C felony.
“David Davis will be locked up where he cannot harm our children,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I appreciate the cooperation of local prosecutors and other law enforcement agencies as we all work together to make our communities and neighborhoods safer.”
Davis was arrested in 2015 on a search warrant executed by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit. Attorneys from the Attorney General’s office were appointed by the 6th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley as special deputy prosecutors.
Rutledge: Fifth Circuit Should Validate Laws Banning Sanctuary CitiesThu, Sep 21, 2017
Says, ‘Sanctuary jurisdictions violate the rule of law and place law-abiding citizens in danger’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has joined a coalition of eight state attorneys general to file an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, supporting the right of individual states to prohibit sanctuary cities within their borders.
This week’s brief calls on the 5th Circuit to lift an injunction enjoining a sanctuary city ban in Texas from taking effect. The state law requires local entities and officials to not interfere with federal immigration enforcement. It also places certain duties and liabilities on certain persons in the criminal justice system, provides civil penalties and creates a criminal offense for violating those provisions.
“Sanctuary jurisdictions violate the rule of law and place law-abiding citizens in danger,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “States have the authority to prohibit such policies from existing in local municipalities and the 5th Circuit should lift this injunction.”
Sanctuary jurisdictions — cities and localities that prohibit or otherwise obstruct cooperation between federal and local officials on immigration enforcement — defy the rule of law and deprive law enforcement of the tools necessary for effective civil and criminal enforcement.
The attorneys general believe that prohibiting sanctuary cities helps uphold immigration laws and provides federal, state and local law enforcement with additional and necessary tools to identify drug offenders who unlawfully enter the country while at the same time reducing the danger these cites pose to neighboring states, even those that have no sanctuary jurisdictions.
In June, Rutledge joined a 10-state coalition in defense of President Donald J. Trump’s executive order regarding the prohibition of sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants.
Led by the West Virginia and Louisiana attorneys general, Rutledge is joined on this brief by her colleagues in Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, Oklahoma and South Carolina.