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Governor announces intent to grant executive clemency

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson has announced his intent to grant 17 pardons. An additional 28 clemency requests were denied and six had no action taken upon it. These include requests from both inmates and non-inmates.

There is a 30-day waiting period to receive public feedback on the notices before final action is taken.

Among the applications was Angela Smith of West Memphis. Smith was convicted of Theft of Property, a Class C Felony, in Crittenden County in 1988. All terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminallaw violations. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.


Boozman advocates for Arkansas agricultural producers in Farm Bill Conference Committee meeting


Senator John Boozman (R-AR) —a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry— delivered remarks during the first meeting of the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Committee.

Boozman stressed the importance of providing certainty and predictability for farmers, ranchers and all rural Americans.

“A few weeks ago, I traveled across Arkansas and heard firsthand from farmers. For Arkansans, the message was clear – pass a meaningful Farm Bill. We must do right by our farmers, ranchers, foresters, rural Americans, taxpayers, tribes, retailers, and consumers, and hammer out the remaining differences to send a workable Farm Bill to the President’s desk,” Boozman said.


Secretary of State certifies signatures for casino measure

LITTLE ROCK – Supporters of a constitutional amendment to allow casino gaming at four locations in Arkansas have secured enough signatures to earn a place on the Nov. 6 ballot.

According to the Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office, proponents of the measure obtained 99,988 valid signatures from registered Arkansas voters, well above the 84,859 needed to qualify for the ballot. The proposed amendment will be identified as Issue Four.