Rutledge Praises Unopposed Approval of Robocall and Spoofing LegislationThu, Mar 28, 2019
Rutledge Praises Unopposed Approval of Robocall and Spoofing Legislation
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today issued a statement praising the passage of Senate Bill 514 to combat robocalls and “spoofing” calls. “Spoofing” allows scammers to disguise their identities, which makes it difficult for law enforcement to bring them to justice.
“Arkansans are fed up with incessant robocalls and scams,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “This legislation, passed unopposed in both houses, reinforces how determined Arkansans are to stop these illegal calls and creates a path for enforcement to hold the bad actors accountable.”
The Attorney General, working with Senator Jonathan Dismang and Representative Clint Penzo, proposed stiffer criminal penalties for robocalls and spoofing and a process for state oversight of telecommunication providers.
Rutledge Accepting Summer Intern ApplicationsThu, Mar 28, 2019
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that her office is accepting applications for summer interns. The summer internship session will begin June 5.
“Internships are an incredible way for students to gain real world work experience in a professional setting,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I want to encourage college students to take the opportunity to serve their State and communities by working in the rewarding public service sector.”
Applicant packet information is available under the Office section at ArkansasAG.gov. The deadline to apply is May 1.
Some students may be able to arrange for college credit for their internship depending on the requirements of their college or university.
Those with questions about the Attorney General’s office intern program may contact Katy Fraley at internship@ArkansasAG.gov or 501-682-2007.
Rutledge Releases Statement Following Court’s Decision Vacating Medicaid’s Work RequirementWed, Mar 27, 2019
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today issued the following statement after the district court’s decision vacating the Arkansas Works Medicaid Demonstration Project.
“I am disappointed in today’s decision and am reviewing the decision and coordinating with state and federal officials to determine the appropriate course of action.
“The effect of Judge Boasberg’s order is that the work and community engagement requirements cannot be enforced, and Arkansas must provide three months of retroactive coverage instead of the one month allowed under the Arkansas Works approval. Beneficiaries who did not comply with the work and community engagement requirements for three consecutive months in 2018 and were removed from the program have always been eligible to reapply for coverage through the Medicaid expansion program.
“Judge Boasberg’s decision does not change that, and it does not require that the Arkansas Department of Human Services automatically re-enroll any of those individuals in the program. Arkansans must reapply if they want coverage. Additionally, individuals who have not complied with the work and community engagement requirement from January to March 2019 cannot be removed from the program for noncompliance going forward.”
Rutledge Issues Statement on Passage of Farm Equipment Lemon LawTue, Mar 26, 2019
Says, ‘farmers are no longer vulnerable to potentially devastating financial losses due to faulty equipment’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released the below statement following the Arkansas Legislature’s passage of the Farm Machinery Quality Assurance Act that will provide “lemon law” type protection to consumers in the purchase of new self-propelled farm machinery and equipment which do not conform to the manufacturer’s warranty and attempts to repair the problem fail.
“Farm equipment is a major and necessary expense for farmers, often costing thousands, even hundreds of thousands of dollars,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “But when that equipment doesn’t work and can’t be repaired, it can be disastrous. With the passage of the Farm Machinery Quality Assurance Act, farmers are no longer vulnerable to potentially devastating financial losses due to faulty equipment.”
The Farm Machinery Quality Assurance Act applies to new self-propelled equipment over 25 horsepower that is typically used for agricultural purposes. It requires the consumer to notify the manufacturer of nonconforming issues within 1 year of purchase or 600 hours of operation of the equipment. Similar to the motor vehicle lemon law, the manufacturer then has three opportunities to repair the problem. If the repair attempts are unsuccessful, the consumer has the right to a refund or replacement of the equipment.
The bill has passed both chambers of the legislature and will now go to the governor for his signature to become law.
Rutledge Hosts Retiree Resources Event in FayettevilleTue, Mar 26, 2019
Says, ‘In-person educational events will save Arkansans money’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today hosted the first regional Rutledge Retiree Resources event in Fayetteville. The agenda included programs designed to educate senior citizens from northwest Arkansas about how they can protect themselves from pervasive and vicious scam artists.
“Engaging Arkansas’s senior citizens in their hometowns is important to effectively communicate the multitude of ongoing scams,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “In-person educational events will save Arkansans money and help us put a stop to the scammers who are looking for a quick buck.”
Attendees heard from Attorney General’s office staff about protecting themselves from scams and identity theft, proper prescription drug disposal, resources regarding nursing homes and home care, and protecting finances.
Registration is available for additional Rutledge Retiree Resources events that are scheduled for April 29 in Jonesboro and June 25 in DeWitt.
Rutledge Statement on Passing of Judge Mac GloverMon, Mar 25, 2019
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today issued a statement on the death of Judge David “Mac” Glover a judge on the Arkansas Court of Appeals.
“I was saddened to learn of Judge Glover’s passing this weekend,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Arkansas lost a talented jurist, incredible father and man beloved by everyone who knew him. I am sending prayers of healing and peace to his family during this difficult time.”