Rutledge Joins Challenge to the EPA’s Carbon RuleFri, Oct 23, 2015
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that she has joined 23 other States in filing a lawsuit that challenges the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) unlawful “Clean Power Plan,” which was published in the Federal Register today. In the documents filed with the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the States make clear that the EPA has no legal authority to promulgate or enforce the section 111(d) rule.
“I have expressed my concerns over this rule since February, even testifying in front of a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee, and urged the EPA to withdraw the rule,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The EPA is going far beyond its legal authority under the Clean Air Act. This unlawful rule will have serious and significant consequences. In a State like Arkansas where over half of the electricity is responsibly generated from coal-fired power plants, the impact will be felt in the pocketbooks of Arkansas utility ratepayers. These increased costs will have a direct impact on the State’s ability to grow good-paying jobs with fair, reasonable electric rates. Like all Arkansans, I favor clean air. But I do not favor heavy-handed and unlawful regulations from Washington that will hurt Arkansans.”
States already have firm deadlines to submit initial and final compliance plans under the rule despite the 1,560-page rule not being formally published until today.
Rutledge and other States have been seeking a stay of the rule since it was announced.
The States challenging the rule include Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, the Arizona Corporation Commission, and the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.
Attorney General’s Office Accepting Applications for Spring Semester InternsWed, Oct 21, 2015
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that her office is accepting applications for interns during the spring semester, which will begin on Jan. 4, 2016.
“Internships offer students a fulfilling learning opportunity and a look into the real-world job market,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Interns at the Attorney General’s office will have the chance to work with some of the top lawyers and professionals in the State. Students will learn exactly what it means to work in public service and to serve the people of Arkansas.”
Applicant packet information is available under the employment section at ArkansasAG.gov.
The deadline to apply is December 1.
Some interns may be able to arrange for college credit for their internship, depending upon the requirements of their college or university.
Those with questions about the Attorney General’s office intern program should contact the Human Resources Department at internship@ArkansasAG.gov.
Rutledge Comments on Arkansas Supreme Court’s Decision to Stay ExecutionsTue, Oct 20, 2015
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement in response to the decision from the Arkansas Supreme Court to grant the prisoners’ request for a stay of executions until proceedings at the Circuit Court are resolved.
“The Arkansas Supreme Court agreed with the State’s argument that the Circuit Court did not have jurisdiction to stay the executions; however, the Supreme Court did choose to enter its own order, placing executions on hold pending the outcome of litigation at the lower court. While the Supreme Court’s decision is not about the merits of the case, it is unfortunate that this further delays justice for the victims. I will continue to defend Arkansas’s lethal injection statute and fight for the victims and their grieving families.”
Rutledge Announces Trumann Woman Sentenced for Medicaid FraudMon, Oct 19, 2015
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced today that a Poinsett County woman has been sentenced to five years of probation on a Medicaid fraud charge.
Kelly Gregg, 43, of Trumann pleaded guilty to billing for Medicaid services not provided, a Class B felony. Gregg must also pay $3,557.31 in restitution and $10,671.93 in fines.
“Investigators and attorneys from the Attorney General’s office are working tirelessly to catch and prosecute those who commit Medicaid fraud,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Medicaid is a critical safety net for some of the most vulnerable Arkansans, and I am committed to holding criminals who steal from Medicaid accountable.”
Gregg was arrested in December after it was reported to investigators that she was billing for services to a friend’s mother between January 2013 and March 2014 but was not providing the services. Gregg pleaded guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court on Monday.
The Attorney General Medicaid Fraud Control Until has arrested 24 individuals and has obtained 17 convictions across the State this year.
Rutledge: State Should Maintain its Authority over Drilling PermitsThu, Oct 15, 2015
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that she sent a letter to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Neil Kornze raising concerns about the scope of the BLM’s proposed rules for onshore oil and gas operations.
Rutledge opposes the rule in its current form since the BLM impermissibly expanded its authority over non-federal lands contrary to the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920. Additionally, the BLM failed to engage any State entities, and Rutledge believes the rule would lead to severe economic harm in Arkansas.
“Federal law allows Arkansas to issue drilling permits on non-federal lands,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The BLM is attempting to go beyond the intent of this law and overtake the State’s authority to control its own land without any appropriate consultation. I urge the BLM to revise this rule and work with the States to do so. If the BLM does not narrow the scope of the rule, I am prepared to take appropriate legal action.”
In the letter, Rutledge writes, “the State of Arkansas has and continues to successfully administer surface and downhole activities associated with the development of oil and gas in a safe and prudent manner, protecting all parties from waste.”
A copy of the letter is available here.
Rutledge Announces Medicaid Fraud Arrest of Texas ManTue, Oct 13, 2015
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced the arrest of a Texas man by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
DeAndre L. Taybore, 32, of Desoto, Texas, was arrested on one count of Medicaid fraud. Taybore was booked into the Pulaski County Jail where he is being held on a $2,500 bond. He is accused of billing for services not rendered between January 2013 and March 2013, totaling $1,243, a Class C felony.
Medicaid fraud occurs when Medicaid providers use the Medicaid program to obtain money to which they are not entitled.