Latest Arkansas state government News

Arkansas governor nominates new corrections head after fight over prison authority

Feb. 08, 2024 17:02 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday nominated a new corrections secretary after her first pick for the job was fired by a state panel amid a feud over who runs the state prison system. Sanders nominated Lindsay Wallace, who has served as chief...

Federal appeals court won't revisit ruling that limits scope of Voting Rights Act

Jan. 30, 2024 20:32 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday declined to reconsider its decision that would prevent private groups from suing under a key section of the Voting Rights Act, prompting a potential fight before the U.S. Supreme Court over a ruling that civil rights groups say erodes...

Group sues Arkansas attorney general for not approving government records ballot measure

Jan. 23, 2024 19:11 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas group trying to make access to public documents and meetings a constitutionally protected right sued the state's attorney attorney general on Tuesday for rejecting the language of their proposed ballot measure. Arkansas Citizens for Transparency...

Arkansas judge tosses attorney general's lawsuit against state Board of Corrections

Jan. 22, 2024 19:33 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge on Monday dismissed Attorney General Tim Griffin's lawsuit that accused the Board of Corrections of violating the state Freedom of Information Act, part of an escalating dispute between the panel and Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders over who runs the prison...

Group resubmits proposal to use paper ballots in Arkansas elections

Dec. 28, 2023 17:42 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A group that wants Arkansas elections to be conducted with paper ballots — and also to put greater restrictions on absentee voting — has resubmitted proposed constitutional amendments to the state attorney general. The group Restore Election Integrity...

Judge threatens to dismiss lawsuit from Arkansas attorney general in prisons dispute

Dec. 20, 2023 13:41 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge on Tuesday threatened to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the state's attorney general against the Corrections Board that he would normally represent, the latest in a widening legal fight between the panel and Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders over prisons. ...

Arkansas Republican who wanted to suspend funds to libraries suing state confirmed to library board

Dec. 15, 2023 20:17 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A former Arkansas lawmaker who has proposed suspending funding to libraries suing the state over restrictions on materials was confirmed by the Senate Monday to a spot on the state library board. The majority-Republican Senate confirmed by a 22-10 vote...

Groups want full federal appeals court to revisit ruling limiting scope of the Voting Rights Act

Dec. 11, 2023 20:32 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Progressive advocacy groups in Arkansas on Monday asked a full federal appeals court to reconsider a three-judge panel's ruling that private groups can't sue under a key section of the federal Voting Rights Act. The Arkansas Public Policy Panel and the...