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CFPB to Convene a Conference of States

Rutledge Calls on the CFPB to Convene a Conference of States Before Proposing Preemptive Federal Standards

Tue, May 17, 2016

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has asked the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Richard Cordray, to convene a conference of the states to discuss the framework and ideas contained in a March 26 outline of potential new federal standards for – and limitations on – credit lines, installment loans, deposit advances, automobile-title secured loans and payday loans.

“The outline from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ignores the interests of the states and seeks to impose a one-size-fits-all federal approach,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “If the Bureau moves ahead with its proposal, I fear that it will negate reasonable policies that Arkansas and other states currently have in place to protect consumers and at the same time allow the free market to provide needed services like credit lending. I am calling on Director Cordray, a former state attorney general, to recognize the need to hear from the states on these issues and to convene a conference as soon as possible before taking any further action.”

Rutledge's letter explains that such a conference would help demonstrate that Cordray’s commitment to cooperative federalism is real. It would also provide an opportunity to discuss the various state regulatory and enforcement systems, what the states have learned from their own longstanding efforts to protect consumers from predatory, dishonest and sharp lending practices and how unnecessary federal-state conflict might be avoided.

Rutledge notes in the letter that the potential rule will conflict with, constrict and otherwise unnecessarily interfere with existing state consumer protection laws, lending standards, licensing systems and regulatory enforcement mechanisms.

Pulaski County Man Arrested for Crimes Involving Children

Rutledge Announces Arrest of Pulaski County Man for Crimes Involving Children

Fri, May 13, 2016

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the arrest of Anthony Farisa of North Little Rock on three counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a Class B felony.

Farisa, 41, a registered sex offender with a previous conviction from Wisconsin for possession of child pornography, was arrested by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit today. He is also being held on a parole violation. Farisa will remain in the Pulaski County Jail with no bond.

Special agents in the Attorney General’s Office began investigating Farisa after agents determined that someone using a computer at Farisa’s address offered to participate in the distribution of nude images of children. On April 20, agents assisted Arkansas Community Corrections officers with a home compliance check and seized several items of evidence.

President Obama’s Public School Bathroom Directive

Rutledge Statement on President Obama’s Public School Bathroom Directive

Fri, May 13, 2016

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released a statement today in response to the Obama Administration’s directive on school bathroom access.

“The President is taking his abuse of power to a new level today by forcing a liberal social agenda on school-age children,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “This radical and outrageous policy drastically expands the federal government’s role in our local schools and raises serious safety concerns for students and parents. Threatening local districts with a loss of funding unless they comply with this non-binding ‘guidance’ is potentially disruptive to the entire education process and lacks all common sense. These bullying and blackmail tactics are unlawful and unconscionable.

“I stand with Governor Hutchinson in urging local districts to disregard this latest attempt from the administration to force a social agenda on the states. I will also work with my colleagues across the country to determine if legal action against this directive is necessary in order to keep our students safe.”

Charitable Organizations Reporting Deadline

Rutledge Reminds Charitable Organizations of Reporting Deadline

Thu, May 12, 2016

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today reminded charitable organizations, paid solicitors and fundraising counsel of the applicable reporting requirement and the approaching May 15 deadline.

“In order to protect Arkansans, Arkansas law requires charitable organizations that solicit donations from citizens to register with my office and file annual financial reports,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “These filings are publically available so that charities soliciting donations can be properly verified by those wanting to donate to ensure that the money will be used for its intended purpose. I encourage all Arkansans who are considering donating to a worthy charity to do their research beforehand.”

Arkansas Code Annotated § 4-28-401 through 416 sets out the registration and reporting requirements for charitable organizations, paid solicitors and fundraising counsel. Instructions are provided to assist organizations in complying with applicable statutory provisions but they do not replace such provisions. These instructions should not be construed as or relied upon as legal advice.

Arkansas Code requires each charitable organization subject to the provisions to file annual financial reports with the Attorney General on or before May 15. If a charitable organization maintains its books on other than a calendar-year basis, it may, upon application to the Attorney General, submit its financial reports within six months after the close of its fiscal year.

Arkansans can search the Arkansas Charities Database for more information on charities in Arkansas.

For more information on charities and charity scams, to check the status of a specific nonprofit organization or to look into an organization’s financial reports, contact the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office Public Protection Division at (800) 482-8982 or

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