Statement on President Trump’s Directive to Begin Rollback of WOTUS RuleTue, Feb 28, 2017
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement after President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers to review the Waters of the United States rule, begin efforts to rescind or significantly revise the regulation and take appropriate steps in ongoing litigation.
“The President’s action today is going to save countless farmers and ranchers across Arkansas from the negative impacts of this costly and unlawful rule. The EPA exceeded its authority when it proposed this rule, and today the process is beginning to end it. As a landowner, I know that farmers and ranchers are the first conservationists, but this rule would have stripped away private property rights. I am proud to have stood with my colleagues in challenging this rule, and I am grateful for the President’s executive order today.”
Rutledge was part of the coalition that helped secure a nationwide injunction, blocking enforcement of the rule, which proved crucial in providing time for a new administration and today’s executive order.
The rule, issued in June 2015, allowed the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to assert federal authority over an untold number of small bodies of water, including roadside ditches, short-lived streams and any other areas where water may flow once every 100 years.
Rutledge Announces Mobile Office Locations for MarchTue, Feb 28, 2017
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced mobile office locations for March.
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:
Thursday, March 2
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Newport Senior Life Center
947 Hout Circle
Newport, AR 72112
Tuesday, March 7
Calhoun County Nutrition Center
1120 Prestress Drive
Hampton, AR 71744
Thursday, March 9
Howard County Senior Citizens Center
206 E. Howard St.
Nashville, AR 71852
Tuesday, March 14
St. Bernards Meyer Senior Life Center
715 Canal St.
Wynne, AR 72396
Friday, March 17
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Watkins Chapel Missionary Baptist Church
800 S. Juniper St.
Pine Bluff, AR 71603
Tuesday, March 28
Madison County Senior Activity Center
903 N. College St.
Huntsville, AR 72740
Van Buren County
Thursday, March 30
Clinton Senior Center
311 Yellowjacket Lane
Clinton, AR 72031
Rutledge Meets With President Trump at the White HouseTue, Feb 28, 2017
Says, ‘I look forward to working with the Trump Administration and my colleagues to help improve the lives of all Americans’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Arkansas Attorney General today released the following statement after meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House.
“It was an honor to meet with President Trump and hear directly about his vision for America and the priorities of his first 100 days. The President understands the many challenges facing our country, including the need to reduce the regulatory burdens on small businesses as well as working collaboratively with state and local officials to reduce crime and combat the prescription drug abuse epidemic in our communities. I look forward to working with the Trump Administration and my colleagues to help improve the lives of all Americans.”
Statement on Trump Administration’s Withdraw of Bathroom DirectiveWed, Feb 22, 2017
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released a statement today in response to the Trump Administration’s withdraw of the Obama Administration’s directive on school bathroom access.
“The Trump Justice Department was correct to withdraw the previous administration’s bathroom directive,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “This unlawful federal directive was an attempt to force a liberal, outrageous social agenda on school-age children. Local schools, not the federal government, are in a much better position to provide reasonable, dignified, respectful solutions for all students, including those who are transgendered. I will continue to review tonight’s guidance, and discuss with my colleagues around the country the impact it will have on our current litigation.”
Rutledge and Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson led a 10-state coalition challenging the Obama Administration’s directive. In August, a U.S. District Judge issued a nationwide injunction in a similar case brought by Texas, prohibiting the federal government from enforcing the directive on public schools across the country to open gender-specific bathrooms and locker rooms to both sexes.
Rutledge Announces Jacksonville Man Sentenced for Crimes Involving ChildrenWed, Feb 22, 2017
Says, ‘This office will not stop in our important work to pursue and bring to justice the criminals who prey on our children’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced today that a Pulaski County man has been sentenced to 10 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction and must register as a sex offender.
Nicholas Bulthuis, 56, of Jacksonville, pleaded guilty to one count of computer child pornography, a Class B felony, and to nine counts of distributing, possessing or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a Class C felony.
“This office will not stop in our important work to pursue and bring to justice the criminals who prey on our children,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I appreciate the cooperation of local prosecutors and other law enforcement agencies to help put people like Mr. Bulthuis behind bars.”
Special Agents from the Cyber Crimes Unit of the Attorney General’s office initiated an investigation of the defendant based on a Cybertip from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children that a Facebook user, Bulthuis, was possessing and distributing child sexual exploitation materials and soliciting children. Upon further investigation, agents obtained a warrant to search the defendant’s home for all electronic devices. During the search, agents located and seized a cellphone that contained approximately 10 images of children. Attorneys from the Cyber Crimes Unit were named special prosecutors in this case by Larry Jegley, Prosecuting Attorney, 6th Judicial District.
Statement on Status of Executions in ArkansasTue, Feb 21, 2017
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s denial of a petition for writ of certiorari by a group of Arkansas prisoners concerning the State’s method of execution.
“Today’s decision from the nation’s high court ends this case, which means that executions can move forward in Arkansas, and families of the victims will see justice carried out for those who committed heinous crimes against their loved ones,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I will immediately provide the Court’s order to the Arkansas Supreme Court, and once the clerk issues the mandate, the current injunction on executions will automatically be lifted. Thereafter, I will inform Governor Hutchinson that executions may resume and request that dates be set for those who have exhausted all appeals.”