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Racing Commission to meet June 27

  • Posted Date: 06/25/2024
  • Office: Racing Commission
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    MEETING NOTICE

    The Arkansas Racing Commission will meet Thursday, June 27th, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at 1515 W. 7th St. Suite 500, Little Rock, Arkansas.
    This meeting is open to the public.

    You can listen via phone at the number below.

    Call In: 1-305-224-1968
    Meeting ID: 899 4412 9913

    In addition, Arkansas PBS will live stream the meeting at https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan.

    The Commission will review an application from Cherokee Nation Entertainment for the Pope County casino license.

    Please send any questions to nikki.langston@dfa.arkansas.gov or scott.hardin@dfa.arkansas.gov.

Sharon Strong named Director of Arkansas Scholarship Lottery

  • Posted Date: 06/13/2024
  • Office: All DFA
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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    June 13, 2024

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    Scott Hardin, DFA
    501-352-9351, scott.hardin@dfa.arkansas.gov

    Sharon Strong named Director of Arkansas Scholarship Lottery
    Brings years of experience working on behalf of Arkansas’ citizens

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (June 13, 2024) – Jim Hudson, Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA), today announced Sharon Strong has been appointed Director of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery. The Scholarship Lottery is a division of DFA.

    Strong joins the Lottery from the Office of Attorney General Tim Griffin where she served as Senior Assistant Attorney General. In this role, Strong supervised a team of special agents and attorneys who investigate and prosecute criminal fraud and abuse. She also played a key role in drafting and supporting legislation to protect vulnerable Arkansans.

    “Sharon has been an advocate for Arkansans throughout her career,” said Secretary Hudson. “She understands the mission of the Lottery is supporting Arkansas’ students through scholarships, providing resources to allow them to thrive. She will build strong relationships with all our partners, including the Arkansas General Assembly, to maximize Lottery’s impact in a responsible manner. I’m proud to welcome her to the Scholarship Lottery and DFA.”

    Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Strong served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Pulaski County and Perry County. She was also a Staff Attorney for the Public Service Commission and Disability Rights Arkansas.

    “I am thankful to the Governor and Secretary Hudson for the opportunity to lead the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery,” said Strong. “Lottery has a senior leadership team with decades of experience and institutional knowledge. Working as a team with all stakeholders, the Lottery will positively impact future generations of Arkansans.”

    Strong is a Little Rock native. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Policy from Southern Methodist University. Strong obtained her law degree from The American University, Washington College of Law. Immediately following law school, she served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Frederick County, Maryland, and a Public Defender for the State of Maryland.

    The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery was approved by voters in 2008. Since that time, the Lottery has provided students more than 770,000 scholarships totaling $1.4 billion.

    Find more information at www.myarkansaslottery.com.

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Commission to meet June 12, 2024

  • Posted Date: 06/10/2024
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    The Arkansas Racing Commission will meet via conference call Wednesday, June 12th, 2024 at 11:00 a.m.

    You can participate Per-Phone. Please see the call-in number below:

    Call-In Number: 1-305-224-1968
    Meeting ID: 812 7506 1234

    Arkansas PBS will stream the meeting live at https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan.

    Racing Commission staff and the Attorney General’s Office will participate in the call from 1509 West 7th Street (3rd Floor Conference Room), Little Rock.

    Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

     

May 2024 General Revenue Report posted

DFA warns Arkansans of stolen vehicles being sold online

  • Posted Date: 05/30/2024
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    May 29, 2024

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    Scott Hardin, DFA
    501-352-9351, scott.hardin@dfa.arkansas.gov

    DFA warns Arkansans of stolen vehicles being sold online

    The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) is warning Arkansans of a growing scam. Stolen vehicles are being sold online (Facebook marketplace, Craigslist, etc) for cash, for significantly below the actual value. In this scam, the criminal finds a similar vehicle online (make, model and similar mileage) and replaces the stolen vehicle’s actual VIN number with the number found online.

    A fake VIN sticker (containing the stolen VIN) replaces the legitimate VIN. Through this, those interested in the vehicle find what they believe is the vehicle’s legitimate history, with no indication it is stolen.

    When those purchasing the vehicles eventually learn they are stolen, they unfortunately lose the full amount of the transaction as the vehicle is turned over to the actual owner or their insurance company.

    If a vehicle is being sold through one of these websites for cash only at a price significantly lower than its value, this is the largest warning sign. Most recently, the stolen vehicles are newer model pickup trucks that are being sold for tens of thousands of dollars below retail value. If it sounds too good to be true, it likely is.

    DFA encourages Arkansans to use caution when searching these sites for vehicles.

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May 15, 2024 Official General Revenue Forecast Released

NOTICE: Commission launches new application period for Pope County license

  • Posted Date: 05/11/2024
  • Office: Racing Commission
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                                                                                     NOTICE: Racing Commission opens new application period for Pope County license

    Please be advised the Arkansas Racing Commission has elected to open the application period for a casino gaming license in Pope County, Arkansas, onMay 12, 2024. The application period will remain open for 30 calendar days.

    The Arkansas Racing Commission office is located at 1515 West Seventh Street, Suite 505, Little Rock, AR 72203. The office will be open during regularly scheduled business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm).                                                                                                                            

    If an interested party wishes to submit an application on a day the office is not regularly open (weekends, holidays, etc.) please call (501) 682-1467 and our staff will accommodate you.

    Click HERE for the legal notice.

    Click HERE for the application.

    Click HERE for the scoring criterion.

     

S&P upgrades its Arkansas’ outlook from stable to positive

  • Posted Date: 05/07/2024
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    May 7, 2024

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    Scott Hardin, DFA
    501-352-9351, scott.hardin@dfa.arkansas.gov

    S&P upgrades its Arkansas’ outlook from stable to positive
    Upgrade highlights strong budget management and financial resiliency

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (May 7, 2024) – S&P Global Ratings recently announced its outlook on the State of Arkansas was upgraded from stable to positive, also affirming its long-term AA rating on state general obligation bonds. Moody’s, another credit rating firm, also affirmed the state’s Aa1 rating. 

    In the report, S&P noted the upgrade to positive “reflects Arkansas’ demonstrated strong budget management practices and financial resiliency across economic cycles, which has yielded steady operating surpluses and an accumulation of exceptionally high reserves.”

    “Here in Arkansas, we’re managing to do the impossible, cutting taxes while still making needed investments and growing our record reserve funds,” said Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “We appreciate that S&P recognizes this achievement and has upgraded our state’s outlook to reflect our positive economic momentum.”

    The S&P report continued “A strong government framework , prudent budget management practices that support timely and considerable expenditure adjustments to help address potential revenue shortfalls, and a low debt burden support our ‘AA’ issuer credit rating on Arkansas.”

    “I’m pleased that both Moody’s and S&P affirmed their credit ratings for the State of Arkansas,” said Jim Hudson, Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration. “S&P’s improved outlook for the state from ‘stable’ to ‘positive’ is a direct result of the hard work by Governor Sanders and the Arkansas General Assembly to fully fund our long-term reserves and to limit the growth of spending.  S&P also noted Arkansas’s improved economic and demographic trends as a reason for its positive outlook for the state. This confirms that Governor Sander’s fiscal and economic policies are making the state an ideal place to invest, work, and live.”

    The State of Arkansas’ record reserve funding includes $1.529 billion in Catastrophic Reserve and $2 billion in Restricted Reserve, including $710 million in the newly-established Arkansas Reserve Fund.

    Governor Sanders and the General Assembly have implemented two income tax cuts since January 2023, reducing the top individual rate from 4.9% to 4.4% and the corporate rate from 5.3% to 4.8%.

    A full list of state credit ratings from S&P Global is available at U.S. State Ratings And Outlooks: Current List | S&P Global Ratings (spglobal.com).

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April 2024 General Revenue Report posted

Racing Commission to meet May 6 at 11:00 a.m.

  • Posted Date: 05/02/2024
  • Office: Racing Commission
  • News:

    MEETING NOTICE: ARKANSAS RACING COMMISSION

    The Arkansas Racing Commission will meet Monday, May 6th, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at 1515 W. 7th St. Suite 500, Little Rock, AR 72203.

    Arkansas PBS will livestream the meeting at https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan.

    The Commission will discuss opening a new application period for the Pope County casino license.

    Media Contact: Scott Hardin, 501-352-9351, scott.hardin@dfa.arkansas.gov

    Racing Commission Contact: Nikki Langston, 501-682-1467, Nikki.langston@dfa.arkansas.gov

    Please click HERE for the meeting agenda.

North Little Rock Revenue Office on Pike Avenue to close May 1

  • Posted Date: 05/01/2024
  • Office: All DFA
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    North Little Rock Revenue Office closing and relocating

    DFA is relocating the North Little Rock Revenue Office (Pike Avenue) to a new location, 11601 Maumelle Blvd, North Little Rock. The Pike Avenue office will be closed beginning May 1. The Maumelle Boulevard location will open Monday, May 6. Find a full list of Revenue Office locations at the link below.

    https://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/office-locations/revenue-offices

Tobacco Control agents make second largest illegal cigarette seizure

  • Posted Date: 04/15/2024
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    April 15, 2024

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    Scott Hardin, Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration
    501-352-9351, scott.hardin@dfa.arkansas.gov

    State Regulatory Agents make another historic seizure of illegal cigarettes
    Suspect arrested while transporting illegal cigarettes through Arkansas

    LONOKE COUNTY, Arkansas (April 15, 2024)  - Agents with Arkansas Tobacco Control and the Central Arkansas Drug Task Force seized a large quantity of illegal cigarettes on Wednesday, April 10th.

    A Central Arkansas Drug Task Force Agent conducted a traffic stop on a semi-truck and trailer on Interstate 40 near Lonoke. A search of the commercial motor vehicle revealed 27,940 packs of untaxed contraband cigarettes valued at more than $243,000.00 along with $4,142.00 in cash.  The cigarettes and cash were seized and the driver, 35 year-old Emile Bangoura of Atlanta, Georgia, was arrested and transported to the Lonoke County Detention Facility. He was charged with Possession of Untaxed Tobacco.

    The 27,940 packs represent the second-largest seizure in Tobacco Control’s history. The largest took place in October 2023 when 32,671 packs of untaxed cigarettes were seized by agents during a traffic stop near Carlisle.  

    Tobacco Control is a division of the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration’s (DFA) Regulatory Team. Along with Tobacco Control, the Regulatory Team includes Alcoholic Beverage Control, Medical Marijuana and the Arkansas Racing Commission.

    “Untaxed illegal cigarette smuggling has significant financial effects on law abiding business,” said Trent Minner, who leads the Regulatory Division. “We have more than 5,200 active tobacco permits in Arkansas. These are businesses that pay taxes as required and are monitored to ensure compliance with all rules and regulations. The Arkansas Regulatory Enforcement Division will continue to work with, educate and develop lasting relationships with all our law enforcement partners to combat illegal cigarette trafficking and protect Arkansas businesses.”

    Arkansas Tobacco Control was established in 1997 to regulate the sale of tobacco in the State of Arkansas and enforce all laws pertaining to tobacco.

    “DFA is proud of the work of our Regulatory Enforcement team, which consists of fully certified law enforcement officers,” said DFA Secretary Jim Hudson. “Through strong relationships with other law enforcement agencies, the Regulatory Enforcement Team has seized illegal cigarettes worth more than $550,000 in a matter of months.”

    Find more information on Tobacco Control at https://www.atc.arkansas.gov/.

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Reminder of filing deadline along with tips

  • Posted Date: 04/15/2024
  • Office: All DFA
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    The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) reminds Arkansans the deadline to file a state tax return is April 15. Returns must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on the 15th while hard copies must be stamped and in the mail by the 15th.  Both state and federal filing opened January 29 this year. Since that time, DFA has processed more than a million (1,002,629) individual tax returns. At the same time last year, DFA processed 974,259 individual returns.

    From the 1,002,629 returns processed so far this year, approximately 602,000 refunds have been issued to taxpayers.

    Filing online remains the most popular way to file in 2024. From the 1,002,629 returns processed, 962,322 were filed online while 40,307 were hard copies mailed to DFA.

    FILING TIPS FROM THE ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION

    • Be sure your tax return is filled out in its entirety and double check the math.  Sign the return if you are submitting a paper return.
    • Include all corresponding schedules including proof of withholding documents (W2, W2-G, 1099-R, K-1, 1099-PT).
    • If you are filing for a refund and want it to be direct deposited, ensure the bank routing number and account number are correct.
    • If you file a Federal Extension, a State Extension is not needed.  However, you must check the Extension box on your Arkansas return.  Remember this is only a filing extension; it is not an extension to pay.  Payments are still required by April 15th.
    • While we still accept checks as a form of payment, we encourage electronic payments.  This may be done through our Arkansas Taxpayer Access Point (ATAP) website at www.atap.arkansas.gov.  You may also check the status of your refund through the ATAP portal.
    • If you are paying by check or money order, include your name, SSN or Account ID on the memo line, & your current mailing address.  Be sure to include a return payment voucher with the same information.  DO NOT MAIL CASH!
    • Refund timeframes vary depending on the method of filing and the deposit method.  Generally, e-filed returns take 4-5 weeks and paper returns take 6-8 weeks.  Additionally, paper checks typically take longer to reach you than direct deposits.
    • Always use your mailing address on your return if it is different from your physical address.  This will affect all mail from our office, including your refund.
    • If you discover your tax information has been compromised, contact the DFA and IRS immediately.
    • Filing of duplicate returns may result in longer wait times on your refund.

March 2024 General Revenue Report posted

Proposals now being accepted for Grid Enhancement Funding

  • Posted Date: 04/01/2024
  • Office: All DFA
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    Grid Enhancement Grant Subaward Program

    Program Description

    The Grid Enhancement Grant Subaward program provides funding for utility infrastructure investments in Arkansas. This program leverages allocated federal funds to enhance and modernize America’s power grid against natural disasters and expand economic development. This funding is provided through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and will be allocated to projects that deliver direct benefits to Arkansans by increasing grid resilience, protecting against outages during natural disasters, and encouraging investments into the state’s grid workforce. 

    Program Objectives

    Funding provided through this subaward program will be used to enhance the resilience of the electric grid and prevent electric outages by addressing three objectives:

    1. Increase the Reliability of the Arkansas Electric Grid
    2. Achieve Whole Community Impact
    3. Support the Development of the State’s Grid Workforce

    For additional details regarding these objectives, please refer to the state Program Narrative below.

    Eligible Entities

    Eligible applicants generally include all Arkansas electric utilities (e.g., investor-owned electric utilities, electric cooperatives, and municipal electric utilities) as well as electric grid operators, electricity storage operators, electricity generators, transmission owners or operators, distribution providers, and fuel suppliers.

    Timeline

    • The application period opens on April 2, 2024.  
    • Applicants must submit a completed proposal and SF-424 form to infrastructure@dfa.arkansas.gov by 5PM CT on Friday, July 19, 2024.

    DFA encourages all eligible and interested entities to review the application, guidance, and posted FAQ document in a timely manner. Interested parties should direct any questions to infrastructure@dfa.arkansas.gov by April 30, 2024. Due to the competitive nature of this program, DFA will provide answers to questions that are broadly applicable to eligible applicants by posting an updated FAQ document with responses.

    RFP

    Program Guidance and FAQs

    Program Narrative

    Frequently Asked Questions

    SF424 Form
    SF424_2_1 Page 4 (arkansas.gov)

    Additional Resources Resource

     

March 21 Notice Regarding Revenue Offices

  • Posted Date: 03/21/2024
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    NOTICE

    DMVs across the country are having trouble issuing car tags and licenses as the database maintained by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators is currently down. Please be aware of this if you planned a trip to a Revenue Office today to obtain a license plate or new driver’s license. DFA will provide updates.

Number of income tax refunds up 21% in 2024

  • Posted Date: 03/13/2024
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    March 13, 2024

     

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    Scott Hardin, DFA

    501-352-9351, scott.hardin@dfa.arkansas.gov

     

     

    Number of Arkansas income tax refunds up 21% in 2024

    More than 326,000 refunds issued to date

     

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (March 13, 2024) – The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) has issued 326,347 individual income tax refunds since filing season opened January 29. This is an increase of 56,844 refunds from the same time frame in 2023, when refunds totaled 269,503.

     

    More than $151.5 million has been issued to taxpayers through individual income tax refunds in 2024.

     

    As a result of two income tax cuts passed by the Arkansas General Assembly and signed by Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders in 2023, the top individual income tax rate was reduced from 4.9% to 4.4% effective January 1, 2024. Legislation also provided a $150 individual income tax credit that will result in taxpayers saving $156 million in 2024.

     

    “I was proud to sign two tax cuts last year that returned more than $300 million to Arkansas taxpayers. Arkansans are moving quickly to take advantage of the tax credits included in that legislation, demonstrating the wide-ranging and positive effects these cuts are having on our economy,” said Governor Sanders.

     

    Approximately 92% of taxpayers in Arkansas now file their individual income tax returns online while the remaining 8% send a hard copy return to the state.

     

    “Taxpayers are understandably eager to file and receive refunds this year,” said DFA Secretary Jim Hudson. “Thanks to Governor Sanders and the General Assembly, Arkansans are empowered to determine how their money is spent as they keep hundreds of millions of dollars in their pockets.”

     

    The deadline to submit an individual income tax return on the state and federal level is April 15, 2024. Taxpayers can check the status of a refund at ATAP - Refund Check (arkansas.gov) or call 501-682-1100.

     

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Racing Commission to meet March 13

  • Posted Date: 03/12/2024
  • Office: Racing Commission
  • News:

    MEETING NOTICE

    The Arkansas Racing Commission will meet Wednesday, March 13th, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at 1515 W. 7th St. Suite 500, Little Rock, AR 72203.

    Click HERE for the agenda.

    You can participate per-phone. Please see the call-in number below:

    Call-In: 1-571-317-3112
    Passcode: 491-199-789

DFA announces steps to safeguard driver’s licenses and IDs

  • Posted Date: 03/12/2024
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    March 12, 2024

    LINK TO PROPOSED EMERGENCY RULE:
    https://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/Home/FTPDocument?path=%2FAssembly%2FMeeting+Attachments%2F045%2F26367%2FExhibit+B.01+-+DFA+Proposed+Emergency+Rule+-+Gender+on+DL+and+ID+Cards.3.7.2024.pdf

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    Scott Hardin, DFA
    501-352-9351, scott.hardin@dfa.arkansas.gov

     

    DFA Announces Steps to Safeguard Driver’s Licenses and IDs
    Licenses and IDs will reflect gender listed on birth certificate

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (March 12, 2024) – The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) today announced a revised policy intended to better safeguard the integrity of licenses and IDs issued by DFA. Effective immediately, DFA is rescinding its existing administrative practice that allows license holders to change their gender without any verifiable information, or to utilize an “X” in lieu of gender. This action restores DFA’s long-standing policy that license and ID holders must display a gender of “male” or “female,” as indicated on an original or amended birth certificate.

    “This policy is just common sense. Only women give birth, men shouldn’t play women’s sports, and there are only two genders. As long as I’m Governor, Arkansas state government will not endorse nonsense,” said Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

    All previously issued licenses and IDs with the “X” designation will remain valid through the existing expiration date. Updates will take place at renewal.

    “This change announced today reflects a commonsense approach that ensures a license or ID issued by the State of Arkansas is based on objective, verifiable information,” said DFA Secretary Jim Hudson. “All of our stakeholders in law enforcement, other government agencies, caregivers, schools, and businesses depend on DFA-issued licenses and IDs to keep our communities safe and to prevent fraud. The discontinued policy is not supported by Arkansas law and was never subject to public comment and review by the Arkansas Legislative Council (ALC), as required by the Administrative Procedures Act.”

    DFA has submitted an emergency rule for review by ALC’s Executive Subcommittee. The proposed rule specifies the process DFA will follow to validate a license or ID holder’s gender. “We are committed to implementing this new policy in a manner that is respectful towards all of our customers,” said Secretary Hudson.

    There are 2,668,881 active Arkansas driver’s licenses along with 503,294 IDs. More than 600,000 of those are in the form of a REAL ID, which will be required to board a plane or enter a federal building beginning May 7, 2025.

    Find more information on the Driver Services provided by DFA at Department of Finance and Administration (arkansas.gov).

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Racing Commission to meet March 11 at 11 a.m

Medical Marijuana Commission to meet March 7

  • Posted Date: 03/04/2024
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    MEETING NOTICE

    The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet March 7th at 3:30 p.m.

    Find the agenda here.

    The meeting will be held at 1515 West 7th Street (5th Floor Conference Room) in Little Rock.

    An Arkansas PBS livestream will be available at https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan.

    Contact scott.hardin@dfa.arkansas.gov with questions.

February 2024 General Revenue Report posted

Lower Mississippi River Comprehensive Management Study - Public Scoping Meetings

  • Posted Date: 02/22/2024
  • Office: Intergovernmental Services
  • News:

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has scheduled a series of public scoping meetings for the Lower Mississippi River Comprehensive Study. The meetings will consist of a remote overview presentation and followed by an on-site open house to meet with and collect input from the public.

    The meeting dates, times and locations are as follows:

    Feb. 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

    • Cairo, IL: Harold S. Jones Fine Arts Center (815 Commercial Ave., Cairo, IL 62914)
    • Memphis, TN: Crosstown Community Room (1350 Concourse Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104)
    • Bay St. Louis, MS: Hancock County Library (312 Highway 90, Bay St. Louis, MS 39520)

    Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8 p.m.

    • Dyersburg, TN: Lannom Center (2000 Commerce Avenue Dyersburg, TN 38024)
    • Stoneville, MS: (82 Stoneville Rd, Stoneville, MS 38776)
    • New Orleans, LA: USACE New Orleans District Headquarters (7400 Leake Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118)

    Feb. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m.

    • Cape Girardeau, MO: Cape Girardeau Nature Center (2289 County Park Dr, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701)

    Feb. 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

    • Columbus, KY: Columbus-Belmont State Park (350 Park Rd, Columbus, KY 42032)
    • Natchez, MS: Co-Lin Multiple Purpose Room (11 Co-Lin Cir, Natchez, MS 39120)
    • Belle Chasse, LA: Belle Chasse Auditorium (8398 LA-23 Belle Chasse, LA 70037)

    March 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

    • Port Allen, LA: West Baton Rouge Conference Center (2750 North Westport Drive, Port Allen , LA 70767)

    March 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

    • Hanville, LA: Emergency Operations Center (15026 River Road, Hanville, LA 70057)

    March 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

    • Helena, AR: Phillips Community College Fine Arts Center (1000 Campus Road, Helena AR 72342)
    • Morgan City, LA: Municipal Auditorium, Morgan City, LA (728 Myrtle St., Morgan City, LA 70380)

    March 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

    • Vicksburg, MS: USACE Vicksburg District Headquarters (4155 E Clay St, Vicksburg, MS 39183)

    The scoping meeting’s purpose is to inform the public of the study process and to solicit input on the scope, significant issues, and development of alternatives to be analyzed. The study will examine restoration of ecological structure and function along the Mississippi River. It will also examine floodplain forests, and several scarce vegetative communities such as wetlands, canebrakes, riverfront forests and BLH forests.  Information about the study is available online at the project webpage: www.mvn.usace.army.mil/About/LMRComp/.

    During the meeting, USACE will present study-related information and accept questions and comments. Written comments may also be sent by e-mail to LMRComp@usace.army.mil and by mail to the following address:

    USACE-MVN
    LMRComp C/O Project Management
    7400 Leake Ave
    New Orleans, LA 70118

DFA issues cease and desist regarding unlicensed sports betting

  • Posted Date: 02/15/2024
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    February 15, 2024

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    Scott Hardin, Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration
    501-352-9351, scott.hardin@dfa.arkansas.gov

     

    DFA Demands Online Operators Cease Offering Unlicensed Sports Betting

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (February 15, 2024) – Today, the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) sent cease and desist letters to two Daily Fantasy Sports operators that DFA believes to be offering unlicensed sports betting in violation of Amendment 100 to the Arkansas Constitution. 

    Daily Fantasy Sports operators offer a version of the traditional fantasy football concept, with a consumer creating a team and points being assigned based on performance. The consumer creating the best performing team is rewarded.  In the last year, these operators have offered a product associated with sports betting: “player prop bets.”

    “Back in the day, places that tolerated illegal gambling were referred to as ‘wide open,’” said DFA Regulatory Administrator Trent Minner. “The Internet is today’s equivalent of a ‘wide open town’ where unlicensed gambling thrives outside of the taxation and age-verification requirements required by the law. As the state’s regulator of licensed sports betting, DFA is putting these companies on notice that Arkansas is not ‘wide open.’”

    Traditional Daily Fantasy Sports websites operate legally under the protection of Act 1075 of the 2017 Regular Session. However, Arkansas law does not allow these operators to offer unlicensed sports betting. These unlicensed operators are not required to verify if a participant is 21 years of age and they do not pay the taxes associated with sports betting.

    “Arkansas law requires sports bets to be placed with a licensed sportsbook that is required to verify the age of the consumer. The state has an interest in protecting Arkansas children from operators seeking to exploit underage Arkansans,” said DFA Secretary Jim Hudson.

    The cease and desist letters were sent via certified mail to Underdog Sports Holdings and SidePrize LLC (PrizePicks).

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Bjornson named Tobacco Control Director

  • Posted Date: 02/14/2024
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    February 14, 2024

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    Scott Hardin, Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration
    501-352-9351, scott.hardin@dfa.arkansas.gov

                                                                                ABC Director Christy Bjornson named Director of Arkansas Tobacco Control
                                                                                    Bjornson will remain ABC Director while also leading Tobacco Control

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (February 14, 2024) – Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) Secretary Jim Hudson today announced Christy Bjornson as the new Director of the Arkansas Tobacco Control Division (ATC). Bjornson was named Director of Arkansas’ Alcoholic Beverage Control Division (ABC) in October 2023. She will maintain her role as ABC Director while also leading ATC.
    Both ABC and ATC are within the Department of Finance and Administration’s Regulatory Division.

    Bjornson replaces Greg Sled as ATC Director. Director Sled, who had been with ATC for more than 25 years, passed away in December.

    ATC, which oversees 5,262 tobacco permits throughout Arkansas, ensures all retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers of tobacco, vapor and alternative nicotine products fully adhere to all Arkansas tobacco laws. ABC, which oversees 6,468 alcohol permits throughout the state, has responsibility for the regulation and supervision of alcohol, including manufacturing and distribution. In addition, ABC also oversees operation of the state’s permitted medical marijuana facilities.

    “The Director of both ATC and ABC must work closely with Enforcement Agents and the business community to maintain compliance within these regulated industries,” said Secretary Hudson. “Christy demonstrates this ability on a daily basis as she manages a wide range of high-profile issues. With one Director leading both divisions, DFA streamlines multiple processes across these two offices while also saving taxpayer dollars, which is a priority for Governor Sanders.”

    Prior to joining ABC in October, Bjornson was an Attorney Supervisor in DFA’s Office of Field Audit. She also served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Sixth Judicial District.

    “It is an honor to take on the role of ATC Director,” said Director Bjornson. “ATC’s dedicated staff works to ensure citizens of Arkansas are protected from harmful and illegal tobacco sales, as well as providing guidance to businesses in an effort to keep them compliant with Arkansas law. I look forward to continuing those efforts as an integral part of Arkansas’s regulatory division.”

    As Director of ATC and ABC, Bjornson reports to Regulatory Division Administrator Trent Minner. The Regulatory Division oversees alcohol, tobacco, medical marijuana, gaming, and horse-racing in Arkansas.  

    Bjornson earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Central Arkansas and a Juris Doctor Degree from the William H. Bowen School of Law.

    She is a native of Little Rock.

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Proposed Casino Rule – Rule 2 Application for Casino Gaming License and Renewal

  • Posted Date: 02/06/2024
  • Office: All DFA, Racing Commission
  • News:

    Click HERE to review proposed rule 2 (Application for Casino Gaming License and Renewal).

    Public comment will be accepted from February 7, 2024 through March 8, 2024.

    Instructions regarding inquiries and public comments are included on page 1 of the proposed rule document.

January 2024 General Revenue Report posted

Medical Marijuana Commission to meet February 1

  • Posted Date: 01/30/2024
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    MEETING NOTICE:

    The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet February 1, 2024 at 3:30 p.m.

    The meeting will be held at 1515 West 7th Street,  5th Floor (Little Rock).

    An Arkansas PBS livestream is available at https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan.

    Click HERE for the meeting agenda.

    Contact scott.hardin@dfa.arkansas.gov with questions.

Racing Commission to meet January 30 at 11 a.m

  • Posted Date: 01/24/2024
  • Office: Racing Commission
  • News:

    MEETING NOTICE:

    The Arkansas Racing Commission will meet January 30, 2024 at 11 a.m.

    The Commission will consider the Pope County casino license and related rules.

    The meeting will be held at 1515 West 7th Street, 5th Floor (Little Rock)

    Click here for the agenda.

    Contact Nikki.Langston@dfa.arkansas.gov with questions.

Revenue Office closures and delayed openings January 22, 2024

  • Posted Date: 01/22/2024
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    NOTICE: January 22, 2024

    The following state Revenue Offices will open at noon today due to weather: Bentonville, Berryville, Fayetteville, Gravette, Harrison, Huntsville, Jasper, Lincoln, Rogers, Siloam Springs and Springdale.

    The following state Revenue Offices are closed today due to weather: Booneville, Charleston, Clarksville, Danville, Dardanelle, Fort Smith Downtown, Fort Smith East, Greenwood, Ozark, Paris,

    Van Buren, Yellville, Mountain Home and Marshall.

    The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration oversees a total of 134 Revenue Offices throughout the state.

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Racing Commission to meet January 24, 2024

Helena-West Helena OCSE is temporarily closed

  • Posted Date: 01/18/2024
  • Office: Child Support
  • News:

    To customers of the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) located in Helena-West Helena:

    The Helena-West Helena OCSE is temporarily closed due to a burst water pipe. The office will reopen as soon as possible. Please be assured, our staff continues to serve our customers.

    For general information about your case or to send a message to your caseworker, visit our customer service portal at www.childsupport.arkansas.gov and click the OCSE MyCase button.

    Phones are forwarded to the Forrest City office until the office can reopen. If it becomes necessary for a customer to visit the office in person, please call the Helena-West Helena phone number (870-572-3545) to ensure the office has reopened.

January 18 Notice: Revenue Offices to open at 10 a.m.

  • Posted Date: 01/18/2024
  • Office:
  • News:

    Revenue Offices to open at 10 a.m. on January 18

    State Revenue Offices are on a two hour weather delay and will open at 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 18.
    A wide variety of Revenue Office Services are available online at https://mydmv.arkansas.gov

DFA Offices closed due to weather

  • Posted Date: 01/17/2024
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    State Revenue Offices will remain closed Wednesday, January 19, 2024 due to weather. Please check the DFA website for updates. 

    A wide variety of Revenue Office Services are available online at https://mydmv.arkansas.gov

ABC Board to meet January 17, 2024

  • Posted Date: 01/16/2024
  • Office: Alcoholic Beverage Control
  • News:

    ABC BOARD MEETING NOTICE

    The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board will hold its regular monthly meeting January 17th at 9 a.m.

    The agenda can be found here.

MMC to meet January 11, 2024

  • Posted Date: 01/11/2024
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    MEETING NOTICE

    The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet January 11, 2024 at 3:30 p.m.

    It will be held at 1515 West 7th Street (5th Floor) in Little Rock.

    Arkansas PBS will livestream the meeting at https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan.

    Click here for the meeting agenda.

December 2023 General Revenue Report posted

Office of Driver Services and Motor Vehicle honored with Service Award

  • Posted Date: 12/22/2023
  • Office: All DFA, Driver Services
  • News:

    Office of Driver Services and Motor Vehicle honored with Service Award

     

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (December 22, 2023) – The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration’s Office of Driver Services and Motor Vehicle (DSMV) was recently honored with the Service Award from the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators.

    The organization presented The Service Award to DSMV leaders at a ceremony in Norfolk, Virginia.

    The Arkansas DSMV team received the honor for collaboration with other organizations in assisting Arkansans with proper documentation to obtain necessary credentials for employment. Understanding the importance of a license to obtain employment and in day-to-day life, DSMV employees provide support to citizens working on Driver’s License reinstatement . An example of this is work with the “Rights After Wrongs” program. At a recent fair, DSMV employees helped more than 500 citizens with their driver’s license reinstatement.

     

Greg Sled, Arkansas Tobacco Control Director, passes away after 25 years of service

  • Posted Date: 12/18/2023
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    December 18, 2023

     

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    Scott Hardin, DFA
    501-352-9351, scott.hardin@dfa.arkansas.gov

     

    Greg Sled, Arkansas Tobacco Control Director, passes away after 25 years of service

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (December 18, 2023) – Greg Sled, Director of the Arkansas Tobacco Control Division, passed away Sunday, December 17th. Greg joined Arkansas Tobacco Control in October 1998, and led the Tobacco Control Division since 2020.

    Tobacco Control is an office within the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration’s (DFA) Regulatory Division.

    “Bryan and I were saddened to learn of Greg’s passing. His decades of service left a deep, lasting impact on our state. Our prayers are with Cynthia, the Sled family, and all who knew and loved Greg,” said Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

    Established in 1997, the mission of Arkansas Tobacco Control is to ensure all retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers of tobacco, vapor and alternative nicotine products fully adhere to all Arkansas tobacco laws.

    “Greg had a heart for public service, and that was evident in his work,” said DFA Secretary Jim Hudson. “We are grateful for his dedication and his willingness to serve. The state of Arkansas is a better place because of Greg Sled, and our prayers are with his family and many friends.”

    “When Greg talked about leading Tobacco Control, he referred to it as his dream job,” said Trent Minner, Administrator of DFA’s Regulatory Division. “Greg was a true servant leader, and he cared deeply about his people. Greg’s impact will be felt around here for a long time, and  his memory will be honored for years to come through the work of Arkansas Tobacco Control.”

    Greg Sled was a native of Crossett. He is survived by his wife Cynthia, three children and four grandchildren.

    Director Sled’s funeral will be Wednesday, December 20th at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Cabot. The graveside service will be held the following day in Crossett.

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November 2023 General Revenue Report posted

ABC Board to meet November 15, 2023

  • Posted Date: 11/14/2023
  • Office: Alcoholic Beverage Control
  • News:

    MEETING NOTICE

    The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board will meet Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at 9:00 a.m.

    The meeting will be held at 1515 West 7th Street, 5th Floor Conference Room (Little Rock).

    Arkansas PBS will livestream the meeting at https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan.

    Direct any questions to scott.hardin@dfa.arkansas.gov.

October 2023 General Revenue Report posted

Medical Marijuana Commission will meet November 2, 2023

ABC Board to meet October 25, 2023

  • Posted Date:
  • Office: Alcoholic Beverage Control
  • News:

    PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE

    The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board will meet Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at 9:00 a.m.

    The meeting will be held at 1515 West 7th Street, 5th Floor Conference Room (Little Rock).

    Arkansas PBS will live stream the meeting at https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan.

    Click here for the meeting agenda.

    Contact scott.hardin@dfa.arkansas.gov for more information.

DFA’s Tobacco Control Division and State Police seize 32,671 packs of illegal cigarettes

  • Posted Date: 10/18/2023
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    October 18, 2023

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    Scott Hardin, Department of Finance and Administration
    501-352-9351, scott.hardin@dfa.arkansas.gov

                                                                                              State Police and Tobacco Control seize 32,671 packs of cigarettes in traffic stop
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    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (October 18, 2023) – Arkansas State Police (ASP) and Arkansas Tobacco Control agents seized a record-breaking amount of illegal cigarettes on Thursday, October 12. The seizure included 32,671 packs of untaxed cigarettes valued at more than $311,000.

    An ASP Trooper who stopped a cargo van on Interstate 40 near Carlisle discovered numerous cartons of cigarettes during a search of the cargo area. The Trooper and an Arkansas Tobacco Control Enforcement agent seized more than 3,270 cartons of cigarettes.

    “Contraband cigarettes are one of the leading sources of funding for terrorism in the United States,” said ASP Colonel Mike Hagar. “We will continue to work with all our partners at Tobacco Control Enforcement to expose and dismantle organizations behind illegal cigarette operations.”

    The driver, Ali Ali Ashabi, 35, of El Paso, Texas, was arrested and transported to the Lonoke County Detention Facility, where he was charged with Possession of Untaxed Tobacco and Unauthorized Use of Another Person’s Property to Facilitate Certain Crimes.

    “This stop is a testament to the importance of strong relationships among law enforcement organizations,” said Trent Minner, Administrator of DFA’s Regulatory Division. “Our partners at State Police immediately contacted Tobacco Control, allowing an agent to arrive on scene quickly. As a result, we made what we believe is the largest seizure of illegal and untaxed cigarettes in Arkansas, saving the state a significant amount of tax revenue.”

    The cargo van was also seized along with the cigarettes.

    Tobacco Control operates under the Department of Finance and Administration’s Regulatory Division.

    Arkansas Tobacco Control oversees 5,262 tobacco permits across the state.

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Pregnancy Help Organizations Grant -Proposed Rule for Promulgation

Medical Marijuana Commission will meet October 11, 2023

  • Posted Date: 10/11/2023
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    MEEETING NOTICE

    Attached please find the agenda for tomorrow’s (October 11) Medical Marijuana Commission meeting.

    The meeting will begin at noon.

    It will be held at 1515 West 7th Street, 5th Floor conference room (Little Rock).

    Arkansas PBS will live stream the meeting at https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan.

    Contact Scott Hardin (501-352-9351) for more information.

Bjornson named Director of ABC

  • Posted Date: 10/10/2023
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    October 10, 2023

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    Scott Hardin, Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration
    501-352-9351, scott.hardin@dfa.arkansas.gov

     

                                                                            Bjornson named Director of Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division
                                                                                   Division oversees more than 6,400 permits throughout Arkansas

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (October 10, 2023) – Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) Secretary Jim Hudson today announced Christy Bjornson as the new Director of the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Division. ABC is a division of the Department of Finance and Administration.

    ABC, which oversees more than 6,400 alcohol permits across the state, has responsibility for the regulation and supervision of alcohol, including manufacturing and distribution. In addition, ABC also oversees operation of the state’s permitted medical marijuana facilities.

    Bjornson will join ABC from DFA’s Office of Field Audit, where she was Attorney Supervisor.

    “With years of legal experience and as a leader in our Field Audit Division, Christy understands what it takes to ensure compliance with a complex set of rules,” said Secretary Hudson. “It is also critical to have a Director who can maintain relationships with permit holders, law enforcement and leaders on the local and state level. Christy is the leader ABC needs as the Division’s responsibilities continue to expand.”

    Bjornson’s first day as ABC Director will be Monday, October 16. Prior to joining DFA, she was a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Sixth Judicial District.

    “I am truly humbled to have the privilege of serving Arkansans as Director of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division,” said Bjornson. “The agency’s hardworking staff oversee and process thousands of permits each year, and I am eager to continue serving the people of Arkansas as a member of the team!”

    Trent Minner, Regulatory Administrator for DFA, has also been serving as ABC’s Interim Director. He will continue to serve as Interim until Monday.

    “Christy has the ability to quickly interpret and analyze complex scenarios to reach a solution,” said Administrator Minner. “While serving as interim Director, I’ve learned the importance of this ability as there are not any slow moments at ABC. We are looking forward to Christy formally joining the ABC team next week.

    Bjornson will report to Administrator Minner as ABC is within DFA’s Regulatory Division. The Regulatory Division oversees alcohol, tobacco, medical marijuana, gaming, and horse-racing in Arkansas.  

    Bjornson earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Central Arkansas and a Juris Doctor Degree from the William H. Bowen School of Law.

    She is a native of Little Rock.

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September 2023 General Revenue Report posted

Arkansas will receive more than $10 million to enhance the state’s electric grid

  • Posted Date: 09/20/2023
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    September 20, 2023

     

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    Scott Hardin, DFA Communications
    501-352-9351, scott.hardin@dfa.arkansas.gov

     

                                                                                     Arkansas will receive more than $10 million to enhance the state’s electric grid

                                                                                                  Federal funding provided through U.S. Department of Energy

     

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (September 20, 2023) – The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) today announced the state will receive more than $10 million in federal funding through the Grid Enhancement Grant program. The money will be used to prevent electric outages and enhance the resilience of the electric grid. Grant funding for the first year will total $5.16 million. This will be followed by an additional $5.14 million the second year.

    “This year’s historic natural disasters underscored the critical importance of our electric grid. We need the grid to run to keep our entire state moving,” said Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “This investment will enhance our grid’s resiliency to help in future crisis events, benefitting Arkansans for years to come.” 

    The money is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The Grid Enhancement Grant program seeks to strengthen and modernize America’s power grid against wildfires, extreme weather, and other natural disasters. Examples of those that may qualify for this grant include electric grid operators, electricity storage operators, electricity generators, transmission owners or operators, distribution providers and fuel suppliers.  

    “We will work closely with our partners to establish the process through which the grants will be distributed,” said Becky Keogh, Infrastructure Coordinator for the state of Arkansas. “As Arkansans continue to recover from the March tornadoes along with other major weather events, we have a great opportunity to enhance our grid going forward.”

    DFA will manage the application process.

    Projects that may qualify for the grant include weatherization technologies and equipment, fire-resistant technologies and fire prevention systems, undergrounding of electrical equipment, utility pole management, relocation of power lines and adaptive protection technologies. DFA will utilize guidance from the Department of Energy in order to maximize benefits to Arkansas residents.

    DFA hosted a public hearing and accepted public feedback on this proposed grant program earlier this year.

    “In addition to the initial $10 million, we anticipate more funding will be made available through the Grid Enhancement Grant program,” said DFA Secretary Jim Hudson. “Citizens across the state partnered to support our fellow Arkansans affected by the historic weather events earlier this year. Investing in our grid is one more way we can take action to keep Arkansans safe should we ever face this again.”

    Organizations or companies interested in applying may email questions to infrastructure@dfa.arkansas.gov.  Details regarding the application process and timeline will be posted to DFA’s website once finalized. Visit DFA’s site at https://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/.

    Find additional information on the goals and guidelines for the grant at Arkansas_DFA_ProgramNarrativeFINAL.pdf.

     

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ABC Board to meet September 20

  • Posted Date: 09/19/2023
  • Office: Alcoholic Beverage Control
  • News:

    MEETING NOTICE

    The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board will meet Wednesday, September 20 at 9 a.m.

    The agenda can be found here.

    The meeting will be held at 1515 West 7th Street, 5th Floor Conference Room (Little Rock).

    Arkansas PBS will livestream the meeting at https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan/home.

    Direct any questions to Scott.Hardin@dfa.arkansas.gov.

Benton OCSE Phones

  • Posted Date: 09/15/2023
  • Office: All DFA, Child Support
  • News:

    To customers of the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) located in Benton:

    The Benton OCSE is experiencing intermittent phone problems. We expect this problem to be resolved by Friday, September 22. If you are unable to reach the office and need general information about your case or to send a message to your caseworker, visit our customer service portal at www.childsupport.arkansas.gov and click the OCSE MyCase button to register. For immediate assistance, customers may call the Hot Springs office at 501-321-1561.

Rogers Revenue Office moving to new location

  • Posted Date: 09/15/2023
  • Office: All DFA, Secretary’s Office, Revenue, Revenue Operations & Administration
  • News:

    DFA’s Rogers Revenue Office will be closed Sept 18-22 to relocate and will reopen at a new location on Sept 25th.  The new location will be 2117 W. Walnut Street in Rogers.

    Click here for details on this move.  

     

    Many Revenue Office services are available online at https://mydmv.arkansas.gov/.

     

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:

    Scott Hardin, DFA

    Scott.hardin@dfa.arkansas.gov

Medical Marijuana Commission will meet September 7, 2023

  • Posted Date: 09/07/2023
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    MEETING NOTICE

    The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet Thursday, September 7, 2023 at 4:30 p.m.

    Click here to view the agenda.

    The meeting will be held at 1515 West 7th Street, 5th Floor Conference Room (Little Rock).

    Arkansas PBS will livestream the meeting at https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan.

     

August 2023 General Revenue Report posted

ABC Board to meet August 16, 2023

  • Posted Date: 08/15/2023
  • Office: Alcoholic Beverage Control
  • News:

    MEETING NOTICE

    The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will meet Wednesday, August 16 at 9:00 a.m.

    The agenda can be found here.

    This will be a virtual meeting via Gotomeeting.

    Arkansas PBS will livestream the full meeting at https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan/home.

    Direct any questions to scott.hardin@dfa.arkansas.gov

Medical Marijuana Commission will meet Thursday, August 3

  • Posted Date: 08/02/2023
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    The Medical Marijuana Commission will meet August 3 (4:30 p.m.) at 1515 West 7th Street, 5th Floor Conference Room (Little Rock).

    Arkansas PBS will livestream the meeting at https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan/home.

    AGENDA

July 2023 General Revenue Report posted

Minner named Regulatory Administrator

  • Posted Date: 07/20/2023
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    July 19, 2023

     

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    Scott Hardin, Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration
    501-682-5339, scott.hardin@dfa.arkansas.gov

    DFA announces Trent Minner as Regulatory Administrator

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (July 19, 2023) – Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) Secretary Larry Walther today announced Trent Minner will join DFA as Regulatory Administrator. In this position, Minner will oversee the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division (ABC), Racing Commission, Medical Marijuana Commission and Tobacco Control Division. He replaces Mike Moore, who recently retired.

    Minner, a Conway native, is a graduate of John Brown University and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Bowen School of Law. Prior to joining Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ staff in January as Deputy Legislative Director, he practiced law in Conway with Shane Henry & Associates. Minner also served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Public Protection Department.

    “DFA’s Regulatory Division oversees more than 11,700 active permits throughout Arkansas,” said Secretary Walther. “As an attorney with comprehensive experience in compliance and a detailed understanding of the day to day operation of this division, I am proud to have Trent lead this multifaceted DFA team.”

    Minner’s first day will be Monday, July 31.

    “It was the honor of a lifetime to serve Governor Sanders as Deputy Legislative Director in the opening months of her administration,” said Minner. “I was humbled to be part of the team that helped get Arkansas LEARNS, the Safer, Stronger Arkansas legislative package, and historic tax cuts across the finish line – along with so many other reforms for the people of Arkansas. I’m looking forward to continuing my service with the great team at DFA in this new, exciting role.” 

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Medical Marijuana Commission will meet Thursday, July 13, 2023

  • Posted Date: 07/13/2023
  • Office: All DFA, Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    AGENDA

June 2023 General Revenue Report posted

Proposed Rule Change Mark Ups

DFA to host public hearing for grid enhancement grant funding

  • Posted Date: 05/09/2023
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    View Slide Presentation from Public Hearing

    View Video of the Public Hearing

    Notice of Public Hearing

    The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) will hold a public hearing on May 11, 2023, at 10:00 AM via videoconference.

    The videoconference may be accessed at the following link: https://arkansas-gov.zoom.us/j/87043376263. Although registration is not required, those that plan to attend are encouraged to email confirmation to  infrastructure@dfa.arkansas.gov.

    This public hearing is regarding the State of Arkansas’ application for formula funds through the Grid Enhancement Grant Program through funding provided by Section 40101(d) of the infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) Preventing Outages and Enhancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid Formula Grant Program. The Department of Energy (DOE) will provide $2.5 billion in formula grants through the Grid Enhancement Grant Program to states and tribes. Arkansas is expected to receive $5.16 million for FY2022 and $5.14 million for FY2023.  Funding for the FY2024-FY2026 are anticipated but funding levels have not been announced by DOE.  This program seeks to strengthen and modernize America’s power grid against wildfires, extreme weather, and other natural disasters. Funding will be provided to carry out activities supplemental to existing hardening efforts and reduce the risk of power lines causing a wildfire; or reduce the likelihood and consequences of disruptive events.

    DFA is managing the Grid Enhancement Grant application process and once the formula funds are received, subgrantees will be able to apply for funds through DFA.  DFA will utilize an inter-departmental advisory committee to provide support.  DFA has established objectives and metrics for this program.  These will be utilized by DFA, with support of the advisory committee, to evaluate eligible projects.  These objectives and metrics incorporated into the draft program narrative are based on DOE guidance and applicable requirements of the program to provide subawards which maximize benefits to Arkansas residents. Feedback from the public on the program and the draft program narrative available on the DFA website (https://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/images/uploads/Arkansas_DFA_ProgramNarrativeFINAL.pdf) during the open comment period will help DFA align the objectives of this program to best serve Arkansas residents.

    Written comments concerning DFAs use of the Grid Enhancement funds may be submitted to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, 1509 W 7th Street Little Rock, AR 72201, or by email to the State Infrastructure Coordinator at infrastructure@dfa.arkansas.gov. Public comments will be received until May 19, 2023 at 5:00 PM; any comments received after 5:00 PM May 19, 2023 will not be accepted. 

     

Lonoke OCSE Office Status

  • Posted Date: 05/03/2023
  • Office: All DFA, Child Support
  • News:

    To customers of the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) located in Lonoke:

    The OCSE office in Lonoke is temporarily closed to the public. The office will reopen as soon as possible. Customers may call the Lonoke office (501-676-2736) as usual. Please be patient with any wait times you may experience on the phone; our staff will be working to assist all customers.

    For general information about your case or to send a message to your caseworker, visit our customer service portal at www.childsupport.arkansas.gov and click the OCSE MyCase button.

Lonoke Office Status

  • Posted Date: 04/27/2023
  • Office: All DFA, Child Support
  • News:

    To customers of the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) located in Lonoke:

    The OCSE office in Lonoke will be closed to the public on Friday, April 28. The office is expected to reopen to the public on Monday, May 1, at 8:00. Customers may call the Lonoke office (501-676-2736) as usual. Please be patient with any wait times you may experience on the phone; our staff will be working to assist all customers.

    For general information about your case or to send a message to your caseworker, visit our customer service portal at www.childsupport.arkansas.gov and click the OCSE MyCase button.

Babbitt named State Controller and DFA Deputy Director

  • Posted Date: 04/19/2023
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    April 18, 2023

     

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    Scott Hardin
    Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration
    501-352-9351, scott.hardin@dfa.arkansas.gov

     

                                                                                                        Babbitt named State Controller and DFA Deputy Director

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (April 18, 2023) - Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) Secretary Larry Walther today announced the selection of Andy Babbitt as State Controller and DFA Deputy Director.

    This position oversees DFA’s Accounting Division. The Accounting Division ensures fiscal integrity within the state’s financial records and serves as a centralized reporting source for state appropriations and funds. This includes the State of Arkansas's Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR). Additionally, the Office of Accounting has handled all accounting and reporting for the state’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding.  Accounting also oversees DFA’s Office of Information Services (OIS). OIS is responsible for managing the Information Technology resources of DFA.

    “This is a critical position for DFA and the State of Arkansas,” said Secretary Walther. “The position requires significant high-level accounting experience along with a thorough understanding of state services and Departments. With decades of experience auditing Departments throughout state government, Andy brings the skill set needed to the State Controller role. I look forward to Andy leading this talented team.”

    Babbitt, a certified public accountant since 1998, is also a Certified Fraud Examiner through the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. He was a Senior Auditor at Arkansas Legislative Audit where he worked for 25 years.

    Overall, Babbitt has 27 years of governmental accounting experience, including the design of internal controls and business processes. He joined DFA in July 2021 as an Accounting Manager.

    He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree followed by a Master of Business Administration degree. 

                                                                                                                                                   ###

Commission to meet at Oaklawn

  • Posted Date: 04/14/2023
  • Office: Racing Commission
  • News:

    The Arkansas Racing Commission will meet this Saturday, April 15th, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. in Hot Springs, at Oaklawn Park Racing and Gaming, 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs, AR 71901.

    AGENDA

Medical Marijuana Commission will meet Thursday, April 6, 2023

  • Posted Date: 04/03/2023
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    AGENDA

ATTN: Customers of Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) located in Stuttgart:

  • Posted Date: 03/28/2023
  • Office:
  • News:

    To customers of the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) located in Stuttgart:

     

    Due to the need to replace an electrical pole nearby, the OCSE office in Stuttgart is scheduled to be closed for the day starting around 2:00 p.m. The office is expected to reopen to the public at 8:00 tomorrow morning, March 28. Customers may call the Stuttgart office (870-673-2721) as usual, as phones have been forwarded and staff are working in another OCSE office for the afternoon.

     

    For general information about your case or to send a message to your caseworker, visit our customer service portal at www.childsupport.arkansas.gov and click the OCSE MyCase button.

Commission to meet via conference call

  • Posted Date: 03/15/2023
  • Office: Racing Commission
  • News:

    The Racing Commission will hold a telephone meeting on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at 11:00 am to consider authorizing John Campbell (Racing Commission Director) to sign a Voluntary Implementation Agreement with HISA.  Please see the call-in number below:

    Call-In: 1-571-317-3122
    Passcode: 945-077-077

     

Medical Marijuana Commission will meet Thursday, March 2, 2023

  • Posted Date: 02/24/2023
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    AGENDA

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Medical Marijuana Commission postponed to Thursday, February 09, 2023

  • Posted Date: 02/02/2023
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    The Medical Marijuana Commission meeting has been postponed to February 9, 2023 at 4:30 p.m.

    AGENDA

Medical Marijuana Commission will meet Thursday, February 02, 2023

  • Posted Date: 01/30/2023
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet Thursday, February 2, 2023, 4:30 p.m.  

    The meeting may be viewed via an Arkansas PBS live stream at https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan/home.

    The meeting will take place at 1515 West 7th Street, 5th Floor Conference Room (Little Rock, Arkansas).

    AGENDA

DFA announces filing details

  • Posted Date: 01/18/2023
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    January 18, 2023

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    Scott.hardin@dfa.arkansas.gov

                                                                                              DFA announces 2023 filing details and resources

    The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) is now accepting paper returns for tax year 2022.  E-filed returns will be accepted by DFA on the same date as the IRS, January 23, 2023.  Taxpayers may be eligible to file returns under the Free File Alliance.  Visit our website:  https://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/income-tax/arkansas-efile/freefile-program-for-individual-income-tax/ for vendors and their requirements.

    Please allow six to eight weeks for the processing of your paper returns.  When e-filed returns are accepted, please allow two to four weeks for processing.  Please be sure to file your return or extension and pay any amount due by April 18, 2023, to avoid failure to file and failure to pay penalties.  Forms and instructions are available on our website: https://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/income-tax/individual-income-tax/forms/.

    Paper checks may take longer to reach you than direct deposits.  You can check the status of your refund and make payments 24 hours a day on our ATAP website at www.atap.arkansas.gov.  If the site states your refund cannot be located, it may mean your return has not completed processing.  You may call and talk to our Service Representatives at 501-682-1100 from 8:00AM – 4:30PM, Monday through Friday, except on holidays.

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Helena Office Status

  • Posted Date: 12/27/2022
  • Office: Child Support
  • News:

    Posted Date:  December 27, 2022
    Office:  Office of Child Support
    News:

    To customers of the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) located in Helena-West Helena:

    Due to a burst pipe, Helena-West Helena OCSE is temporarily closed. We will reopen as soon as possible. Please be assured, our staff continue to serve our customers while working in another location.

    For general information about your case or to send a message to your caseworker, visit our customer service portal at www.childsupport.arkansas.gov and click the OCSE MyCase button.

    Phones are forwarded to the Forrest City office until the office can reopen. If it becomes necessary for a customer to visit the office in person, please call the Helena-West Helena phone number (870-572-3545) to ensure the office has reopened.

Medical Marijuana Commission will meet Thursday, January 05, 2023

  • Posted Date: 12/21/2022
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet Thursday, January 5, 2023, 4:30 p.m.  

    The meeting may be viewed via an Arkansas PBS live stream at https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan/home.

    The meeting will take place at 1515 West 7th Street, 5th Floor Conference Room (Little Rock, Arkansas).

    AGENDA

Medical Marijuana Commission will meet Thursday, December 01, 2022

  • Posted Date: 11/29/2022
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet Thursday, December 1, 2022, 4:30 p.m.  

    The meeting may be viewed via an Arkansas PBS live stream at https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan/home.

    The meeting will take place at 1515 West 7th Street, 5th Floor Conference Room (Little Rock, Arkansas).

    AGENDA

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Medical Marijuana Commission will meet Thursday, November 10, 2022

  • Posted Date: 11/04/2022
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet Thursday, November 10, 2022, 4:30 p.m.  

    The meeting may be viewed via an Arkansas PBS live stream at https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan/home.

    The meeting will take place at 1515 West 7th Street, 5th Floor Conference Room (Little Rock, Arkansas).

    AGENDA

OCSE Monticello Lobby Remodel

  • Posted Date: 11/01/2022
  • Office: Child Support
  • News:

    To customers of the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) located in Monticello:

    The Monticello office is undergoing construction to improve the lobby area for its customers. Construction has been ongoing and is expected to be complete by the end of the year. While the lobby will intermittently be closed due to construction, please be assured our employees are working during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

    If it is necessary to visit the office, please call first since the entryway may be inaccessible to customers. Monticello OCSE can be reached in the following ways:

    Phone:  For the main office, call 870-367-8763.  For the legal section, call 870-367-3073.
    Email:  support.monticello@ocse.arkansas.gov
    Or use OCSE MyCase to message your caseworker, check payment or balance status, and to update your contact information. If you don’t have a MyCase account, go to www.childsupport.arkansas.gov and click the OCSE MyCase button, and then click the “Create an Account” button. It’s easy and available 24/7.

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Medical Marijuana Commission will meet Thursday, October 6, 2022

  • Posted Date: 10/06/2022
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet Thursday, October 6, 2022, 4:30 p.m.  

    The meeting may be viewed via an Arkansas PBS live stream at https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan/home.

    The meeting will take place at 1515 West 7th Street, 5th Floor Conference Room (Little Rock, Arkansas).

    AGENDA

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OCSE Monticello Lobby Remodel

  • Posted Date: 09/12/2022
  • Office: Child Support
  • News:

    To customers of the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) located in Monticello: 

    In order to better serve our customers, the office is currently undergoing construction to improve the lobby. Construction is expected to be complete mid-October. While the lobby will intermittently be closed due to construction, please be assured our employees are working during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). Customers may contact Monticello OCSE in the following ways:

    • By phone:  870-367-8763
    • By email:  support.monticello@ocse.arkansas.gov
    • By OCSE MyCase to message your caseworker, check payment or balance status, and to update your contact information. If you don’t have a MyCase account, go to www.childsupport.arkansas.gov and click the OCSE MyCase button, and then click the “Create an Account” button.  It’s easy and available 24/7.

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DFA Statement Regarding Student Loan Forgiveness

  • Posted Date: 09/09/2022
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    DFA Statement Regarding Student Loan Forgiveness

    The forgiveness of a debt is generally included in a taxpayer’s gross income. However, the Arkansas General Assembly and Governor Asa Hutchison took action to exempt unemployment payments from state income tax for a two year period. Additionally, PPP loans are not subject to state income tax because of legislation. The General Assembly meets in January and may take similar action to exempt this student debt forgiveness. It would be inaccurate to report student loan forgiveness will be taxable in Arkansas as we won’t be certain until the legislative session is complete and the complete details of the loan forgiveness plan are finalized and announced by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Scott Hardin
    Spokesperson – Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration

    Governor Asa Hutchinson recently issued the following statement regarding student loan forgiveness.
    Broad student loan “forgiveness” is a misuse of executive authority. Shifting the burden from those who willingly took out a loan to all taxpayers isinconsistent with the American ideal of personal responsibility and will further discourage those who took a different path, including work or lower-cost schools.
    If President Biden wanted to provide relief to Americans with student loan debts, he could work to permanently lower interest rates instead of across-the-boardforgiveness. “Forgiving” student loan debts will reward high-cost schools and add to the inflated cost of higher education.

     

Coronavirus Emergency Supplement Funding (CESF) Survey

  • Posted Date: 08/12/2022
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    Purpose:  Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration-Intergovernmental Services (DFA-IGS) is conducting a survey for the remainder of Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funds (CESF). Your participation in the survey will be greatly appreciated in determining any unmet needs. During the next few weeks, DFA-IGS will release a Request For Application (RFA) for CESF. Check the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding grant program website for updates.

    Survey Link : https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VRZ89JR

Medical Marijuana Commission will meet Thursday, September 8, 2022

  • Posted Date: 08/12/2022
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet Thursday, September 8, 2022, 4:30 p.m.  All agenda requests and documents must be submitted by August 25, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.

    The meeting may be viewed via an Arkansas PBS live stream at https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan/home.

    The meeting will take place at 1515 West 7th Street, 5th Floor Conference Room (Little Rock, Arkansas).

    AGENDA

Notice of Public Hearing

Tax Free Weekend to take place August 5-6

  • Posted Date: 08/05/2023
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    From 12:01 a.m. August 5 to 11:59 p.m. August 6, a wide variety of items will be free of both state and local sales tax in Arkansas. This includes items such as binders, book bags, clothing, shoes and cosmetics.

     

    This is the eleventh year for Arkansas’ Tax Free weekend, which started in 2012 (the legislature established it in 2011).

     

    For the first eight years of the Tax Free weekend, electronics such as cell phones and laptops were not included as tax free items. The state legislature voted to change the list of qualifying items to include electronics. Purchases of laptops, cell phones, desktop computers, E-readers, and computer monitors now qualify. There is no limit to the price of the electronic items.

     

    Online purchases qualify if the transaction takes place August 5-6, and the item is shipped to an Arkansas address. The delivery may take place at any time.

     

    The 6.5% state sales tax will not be applied to the qualifying items along with any local sales tax.

     

    Below please find a link to a full list of qualifying items. 

     

    https://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/images/uploads/exciseTaxOffice/HolidayItemized.pdf

     

Medical Marijuana Commission will meet Thursday, August 11, 2022

  • Posted Date: 08/08/2022
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet Thursday, August 11, 2022, 4:30 p.m. 

    The meeting may be viewed via an Arkansas PBS live stream at https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan/home.

    The meeting will take place at 1515 West 7th Street, 5th Floor Conference Room (Little Rock, Arkansas).

    AGENDA

     

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