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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

Comprehensive Opioid Stimulant and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP)

PSN Availability Funds Notice -USAO Western District of Arkansas

PSN Availability Funds Notice -USAO Eastern District of Arkansas

November 10, 2022 Official General Revenue Forecast Released

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

October2022 General Revenue Report posted

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.

Tax Notice - “Impact of State Income Tax Law on Federal Benefits Under The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA)”

September 2022 General Revenue Report posted

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

Availability of Funds Notice CESF/COVID-19

Request For Review and Comments: Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) FY2022 State Application

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.

Arkansas Passthrough Entity Tax

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.

     

August 2022 General Revenue Report posted

Coronavirus Emergency Supplement Funding (CESF) Survey

  • Posted Date: 08/12/2022
  • Office: All DFA, Intergovernmental Services
  • 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 – List of Qualifying Items

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

     

July 2022 General Revenue Report posted

Safe Harbor Provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act

Emergency Rule - Pregnancy Resource Center Grant

  • Posted Date: 07/14/2022
  • Office: Intergovernmental Services
  • News:

    Emergency Rule

June 2022 General Revenue Report posted

Medical Marijuana Commission will meet Thursday, July 14, 2022

  • Posted Date: 07/05/2022
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet Thursday, July 14, 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 Texarkana Office Relocation

  • Posted Date: 06/22/2022
  • Office: Child Support
  • News:

    OCSE Texarkana Office Relocation

    Posted Date: June 22, 2022

    Office:  Office of Child Support Enforcement

    News: 

    From:      Arkansas Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE)
    To:      Customers of OCSE
    Date:       June 22, 2022
    Subject:  Texarkana Office Move

    We are pleased to announce that the Texarkana Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE), serving Lafayette and Miller counties, will be moving to a new location on June 27, 2022. The phone and fax numbers and email address will remain the same. Address and contact information is as follows:
        
                    Texarkana Office of Child Support Enforcement
                    1005 Arkansas Blvd.
                    Texarkana, AR  71854

                    Phone: 870-772-3443
                    Fax: 870-773-1959
                    Email: support.texarkana@ocse.arkansas.gov

                    Office hours:  8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    The move will occur over a period of several days: 

    • June 23 and 24 – The office move will take place, but customer service staff will remain available to answer calls and receive visitors at the current location of 210 North State Line Ave, Ste 400. 
    • June 27 and 28 – All staff will be at the new location and the office will be open to the public. While new phone lines are being installed, calls will be automatically forwarded to staff in the Hope OCSE office. There may be interruptions in phone service. You may reach the Hope OCSE office at  870-777-8400. Please be assured our staff will be available to assist callers and visitors. 

    You may access information regarding the status of your case, send messages to your caseworker, and check payment information by logging on to the customer service portal by going to www.childsupport.arkansas.gov and clicking the OCSE MyCase button. Additionally, our automated line at 1-800-264-2445 provides payment information every day and at any time. 

    We look forward to serving you in our new location.

Pregnancy Resource Center Grant

  • Posted Date: 06/14/2022
  • Office: All DFA, Intergovernmental Services
  • News:

    ACT 187

May 2022 General Revenue Report posted

Medical Marijuana Commission will meet Thursday, June 2, 2022

  • Posted Date: 05/31/2022
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet Thursday, June 2, 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

LLEBG - Availability of Funds Notice

COAP-4 Special Project - Availability of Funds Notice

April 2022 General Revenue Report posted

EEO Utilization Report

Medical Marijuana Commission will meet Thursday, May 5, 2022

  • Posted Date: 04/21/2022
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet Thursday, May 5, 2022, 4:30 p.m.  All agenda requests and documents must be submitted by April 21, 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

Racing Commission to meet April 14, 2022

  • Posted Date: 04/14/2022
  • Office: Racing Commission
  • News:

     

    MEETING NOTICE:

    The Arkansas Racing Commission will meet today (April 14, 2022) at 1:30 p.m. via conference call. The Commission will consider a request for continuance for a hearing (regarding the Villafranco rulings) that is scheduled to take place at the Saturday, April 16 meeting. The only matter on today’s agenda is the request for continuance.

    AGENDA

     

    APRIL 14, 2022 CONFERENCE CALL

    +1 (786) 535-3211

    ACCESS CODE: 

    402-615-725

March 2022 General Revenue Report posted

February 2022 General Revenue Report posted

Medical Marijuana scheduled for February 3, 2022 has been postponed

  • Posted Date: 02/04/2022
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    The Medical Marijuana scheduled for February 3, 2022 has been postponed until further notice due to the inclement weather and power outages.

January 2022 General Revenue Report posted

Medical Marijuana Commission will meet Thursday, April 7, 2022, 4:30 p.m

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

    The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet Thursday, April 7, 2022, 4:30 p.m.  All agenda requests and documents must be submitted by March 24, 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).

    Contact: scott.hardin@dfa.arkansas.gov

    AGENDA

     

Medical Marijuana Commission will meet Thursday, February 3, 2022, 4:30 p.m.

  • Posted Date: 01/28/2022
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet Thursday, February 3, 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).

    Contact: scott.hardin@dfa.arkansas.gov

    AGENDA

Racing Commission to meet January 25, 2022

  • Posted Date: 01/21/2022
  • Office: Racing Commission
  • News:

    NOTICE OF ARKANSAS RACING COMMISSION MEETING

                The Arkansas Racing Commission will meet in a telephonic meeting on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. to consider a correction to the proposed Arkansas Racing Commission Casino Gaming Rules approved by the Arkansas Racing Commission on December 30, 2021.

                 Casino Gaming Rule 20.010 – Definitions Paragraph 13.  The proposed rule currently reads as follows:

    “Online sports pool” means an operation in which wagers on sports events are made over the internet on websites or mobile applications through computers, mobile devices, or other approved interactive devices accepted through a gaming system approved by the Commission.In order to operate an online sports pool, a casino licensee must first operate and continue to operate a sports pool from the casino licensee’s premises.Further, operation of an online sports pool shall be prohibited in circumstances in which a majority of the net gaming revenue, as defined in Amendment 100, from the online sports pool is paid to a third-party vendor assisting in the operating of the sports pool.

                The proposed correction to Rule 20.010 (13) involves the changing of one word.  That word is highlighted below:

    “Online sports pool” means an operation in which wagers on sports events are made over the internet on websites or mobile applications through computers, mobile devices, or other approved interactive devices accepted through a gaming system approved by the Commission.In order to operate an online sports pool, a casino licensee must first operate and continue to operate a sports pool from the casino licensee’s premises.Further, operation of an online sports pool shall be prohibited in circumstances in which a majority of the net gaming receipts, as defined in Amendment 100, from the online sports pool is paid to a third-party vendor assisting in the operating of the sports pool.

                The call in number for the meeting is: +1 (646) 749-3122, Access code: 347-183-005.

October November December 2021 4th Quarter Newsletter

December 2021 General Revenue Report posted

Medical Marijuana Commission will meet Thursday, January 13, 2022, 4:30 p.m

  • Posted Date: 12/28/2021
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission has moved the next meeting to Thursday, January 13, 2022, 4:30 p.m.  All agenda requests and documents must be submitted by December 30, 2021 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).

    Contact: scott.hardin@dfa.arkansas.gov

    AGENDA

    Due to COVID19 concerns, those wishing to participate in the meeting (make public comment) are encouraged to utilize the login information below.

    Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
    https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/194760533

    You can also dial in using your phone.
    United States: +1 (872) 240-3212

    Access Code: 194-760-533
     

     

November 2021 General Revenue Report posted

Notice of Public Hearing for Dec. 30, 2021 for Publication of Casino Gaming Rules

Racing Commission to meet Thursday, November 18

  • Posted Date: 11/18/2021
  • Office: Racing Commission
  • News:

    MEETING NOTICE

    The Arkansas Racing Commission will meet Thursday, November 18 at 11:00 a.m.

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

    A live stream of the meeting may be viewed at https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan/home.

    Click HERE for the agenda.

Medical Marijuana Commission will meet Thursday, December 2, 2021, 4:30 p.m

  • Posted Date: 11/17/2021
  • Office: All DFA, Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet Thursday, December 2, 2021, 4:30 p.m.  All agenda requests and documents must be submitted by November 18, 2021 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).

    Contact: scott.hardin@dfa.arkansas.gov

    AGENDA

Medical Marijuana Commission Meeting, Thursday, November 4, 2021, 4:30 p.m

  • Posted Date: 11/01/2021
  • Office: All DFA, Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet Thursday, November 4, 2021, 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).

    Contact: scott.hardin@dfa.arkansas.gov

    Click here for the agenda.

Medical Marijuana Commission Meeting, Thursday, October 7, 2021, 4:30 p.m.

  • Posted Date: 10/05/2021
  • Office: All DFA, Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

     

    The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet Thursday, October 7, 2021 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).

     

    Contact: scott.hardin@dfa.arkansas.gov

     

    Click here for the agenda.

Availability of Funds Notice CESF/COVID-19 (For Non-Profits and Faith-Based Organizations)

Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for Arkansas Prisoners: Notice of Availability of Funds-Request For Proposals (RFP)

Availability of Funds Notice-CESF/COVID-19 (Reposted 9-14-21)

Medical Marijuana Commission Meeting, Thursday, September 16, 2021, 4:30 p.m.

  • Posted Date: 08/27/2021
  • Office: All DFA, Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    Medical Marijuana Commission Meeting, Thursday, September 16, 2021, 4:30 p.m.

    1515 W. 7th Street, 5th Floor Conference Room

    Streamed Via www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan

    All Agenda requests and documents must be submitted by September 2, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

    AGENDA

     

Notice of Public Hearing October 14,2021

American Rescue Plan Steering Committee to hold two meetings

  • Posted Date: 08/04/2021
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    MEDIA ADVISORY:
    August 4, 2021

    Arkansas American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 
    Steering Committee to hold two meetings 

     

    LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Steering Committee will hold one meeting this afternoon (2:30 p.m.) followed by another meeting tomorrow afternoon (3:30 p.m.). Both meetings will take place via Zoom and may be viewed via live stream from Arkansas PBS at https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan/home. Governor Asa Hutchinson created the Arkansas American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Steering Committee to make recommendations on the distribution of approximately $1.57 billion in American Rescue Plan funding in the state.

    Today’s meeting was called to allow for consideration of one proposal to meet the urgent need for additional hospital bed space. Tomorrow’s meeting will include review of several proposals.

    A follow up email will contain all meeting-related documents.

    WHAT:                Arkansas American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Steering Committee Meetings

    WHEN:                2:30 p.m., August 4 and 3:30 p.m., August 5

    WHERE:             These will be virtual meetings via Zoom

    WATCH:             https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan/home

    CONTACT:         Scott Hardin – DFA, 501-682-5339

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Medical Marijuana Commission Meeting, August 05, 2021

  • Posted Date: 08/04/2021
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    Medical Marijuana Commission Meeting, Thursday, August 05, 2021 4:30 p.m.
    1515 W. 7th Street, 5th Floor Conference Room
    Streamed via www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan

    AGENDA

Request For Review and Comments: Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) FY2021 State Application

August is Child Support Awareness month in Arkansas

  • Posted Date: 08/02/2021
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    Governor Asa Hutchinson has declared August 2021 Child Support Awareness Month. Click here to read the full proclamation.

Racing Commission to meet July 29, 2021

  • Posted Date: 07/29/2021
  • Office: Racing Commission
  • News:

    The ARC will meet on July 29, 2021 in the ARC offices located at 1515 W. 7th Street, Suite 500, at 11:00 a.m.

    The public and any interested parties may participate in the meeting by telephone in the following manner:

    You can dial in using your phone.
    United States: +1 (224) 501-3412

    Access Code: 165-703-253

    Please contact me with questions or concerns.

    Thank you,

    Nikki Langston
    Administrative Analyst
    Arkansas Racing Commission
    Ph: 501-682-1467
    Fax: 501-682-5273

Website now available for American Rescue Plan funding proposals

  • Posted Date: 07/23/2021
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    July 23, 2021

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

    Website now available for American Rescue Plan funding proposals
    Proposals must meet criteria established by the U.S. Treasury

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (July 23, 2021) – The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) today announced proposal guidance and a proposal template for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding have been added to the ARPA Steering Committee website, https://govstatus.egov.com/arpasc. Completed proposals can be submitted via email to ARPA_SteeringCommittee@dfa.arkansas.gov  Proposals must meet the criteria established by the U.S. Treasury and will  be considered as they are received.  Governor Asa Hutchinson, the Arkansas General Assembly and the ARPA Steering Committee will make funding decisions for approximately $1.57 billion received through ARPA for disbursement by the state.

    Proposals must fall into one or more of the categories listed below established by the U.S Treasury:

    • Supporting the Public Health response.
    • Addressing behavioral healthcare needs exacerbated by the pandemic.
    • Reimbursing or paying payroll and benefits for public health, healthcare, human services and public safety employees to the extent they work on the COVID-19 response.
    • Addressing the negative economic impacts caused by COVID-19. Serving the hardest hit communities and families in your city.
    • Replacing lost public sector revenue.
    • Providing premium pay for essential workers.
    • Investing in water and sewer infrastructure.
    • Investing in broadband.

    Overall, projects funded by ARPA must benefit the mitigation of COVID-19 or the recovery from its impact.

    “COVID-19 highlighted the state’s need for investment in areas such as broadband, water and wastewater infrastructure and cybersecurity,” said Governor Hutchinson. “The American Rescue Plan and related guidance recognized these areas as important to long term economic recovery and success. Working closely with members of the General Assembly and the ARP Committee, I look forward to funding projects that will improve the lives of many Arkansans.”    

    DFA will review proposals along with two consulting companies, CTEH and Hagerty, to determine if they meet eligibility standards as defined by U.S. Treasury. Those that meet these requirements will be assigned to the appropriate state agency for further review. Proposals that proceed will be presented by the agency to the full ARPA Steering Committee. The committee will make recommendations with final approval required by Governor Hutchinson and the General Assembly.

    The 15-member ARPA Steering Committee includes members of the General Assembly along with leaders of several state agencies.

    “In order to maximize the positive impact of these federal funds, the ARPA Steering Committee will continue to listen to the needs of organizations and individuals around the state,” said Larry Walther, Department Secretary for DFA and Chairman of the ARPA Steering Committee. “Though a coordinated effort I am confident we will fund the projects that will benefit the state for years to come, whether it’s broadband investment or expansion of healthcare infrastructure.”

    The $1.57 billion will be provided to the state through two transfers. The first half of funding was received in late June while the remaining portion will follow in approximately 12 months.

    The $1.01 billion for Arkansas cities and counties is separate from the $1.57 billion in state fiscal recovery funds.  

    Additional information regarding ARP funding, including eligible projects, may be found at  https://home.treasury.gov/.

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Arkansas Scholarship Lottery celebrates a record year for scholarships

  • Posted Date: 07/13/2021
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    Fiscal Year 2021 a record proceeds year for Arkansas Scholarship Lottery

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    July 13, 2021

    LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery (ASL) announced today that it raised a record $106.6 million in proceeds for Fiscal Year 2021, which ended June 30. In total since its inception in 2009, ASL has raised more than $1 billion in scholarship proceeds.

    ASL Executive Director Eric Hagler calls the achievement “extraordinary,” especially in light of the socioeconomic challenges of the past year.

    “Despite the chaos and disruption over the past 16 months, Arkansans continued to support the scholarship program by buying lottery tickets in record numbers,” Hagler said. “Our dedicated team of professionals at the office of the Arkansas Lottery and our strong retailer network helped us to out-perform every metric in FY 2021. We are grateful because it allows us to fulfill our mission of helping to educate Arkansas students, which will have a long-term positive economic impact on our state.” 

    Hagler said the record numbers posted for FY 2021 stand as proof that the Lottery is trending upward and on a proper course for prudent growth. But he says expectations for FY 2022 should be tempered because of potential limits on consumer discretionary spending.

    “The re-opening of additional entertainment venues coupled with rising inflation and fuel costs represent a challenge to reproduce the same sales and net proceeds numbers achieved this past year,” Hagler commented.

    Lottery proceeds support three scholarship programs.

    The Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship provides tuition assistance for Arkansans at two- and four-year public and private colleges.

    The Arkansas Workforce Challenge Scholarship is available for students applying for certificate programs in high demand occupations.

    The Arkansas Concurrent Challenge Scholarship provides financial assistance to eligible students in the state who want to take college courses while still high school.

    Corrigan Revels, a UA-Little Rock graduate and current employee of the school, says he was the first person in his immediate family to graduate from college, thanks in part to the lottery. 

    “When I chose to attend UA-Little Rock, the lottery scholarship was a huge blessing,” said Revels. “Now, I’m in a position to help other students at my alma mater reach their fullest potential. I want to thank Arkansans for supporting students and graduates like myself.”

    Hagler calls the lottery a win-win-win situation for everyone at every stage of the lottery process.

    “Obviously, students in Arkansas win by receiving tuition assistance,” Hagler said. “Our retail partners also win when a player cashes in a winning ticket and when foot traffic increases in their stores. And, of course, players win when they redeem potentially life-changing prizes.”

    Since 2009, the lottery has awarded more than $3.6 billion in prizes to players, resulting in approximately $318 million in retailer commissions.

     

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Medical Marijuana Commission Meeting, July 21, 2021

  • Posted Date: 07/01/2021
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    Medical Marijuana Commission Meeting, Wednesday, July 21, 2021 4:30 p.m.
    1515 W. 7th Street, 5th Floor Conference Room
    Streamed via www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan

    All Agenda requests and documents must be submitted by July 13, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

    AGENDA

Independence Day Holiday

  • Posted Date: 07/04/2021
  • Office: Human Resources
  • News:

Children’s Advocacy Centers Program

Sales Tax Holiday – Qualifying Items

NOTICE OF TEMPORARY OFFICE CLOSURE

  • Posted Date: 06/25/2021
  • Office: Child Support
  • News:

    NOTICE OF TEMPORARY OFFICE CLOSURE

    From:         Arkansas Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE)
    To:             Customers of Arkansas OCSE
    Date:          June 25, 2021
    Subject:    Little Rock OCSE

    The Little Rock and Central Office of Child Support Enforcement will be temporarily closed the afternoon of June 25, 2021.  The offices will reopen on Monday, June 28, 2021.

    If you need general information about your case, please refer to our online customer service website by going to www.childsupport.arkansas.gov and clicking on OCSE MyCase. For immediate assistance from staff in the Little Rock Office serving Pulaski and Perry counties, please call 501-371-5400.  For the OCSE Central Office, call 501-682-8398.

Children’s Advocacy Centers Program

Racing Commission to meet June 17, 2021

  • Posted Date: 06/16/2021
  • Office: Racing Commission
  • News:

    MEETING NOTICE

    The Arkansas Racing Commission will meet (via conference call) on June 17, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

    The public and any interested parties may participate in the meeting by telephone in the following manner:

    You can dial in using your phone.
    United States: +1 (872) 240-3212

    Access Code: 372-501-101

    The only agenda item is consideration of Oaklawn’s racing dates for 2021-2022.

Medical Marijuana Meeting, June 22, 2021

  • Posted Date: 05/28/2021
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    Medical Marijuana Commission Meeting, Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 4:30 p.m.

    1515 W. 7th Street, 5th Floor Conference Room

    Streamed Via www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan

    All Agenda requests and documents must be submitted by June 14, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

    AGENDA

Medical Marijuana Meeting, May 27, 2021

  • Posted Date: 05/25/2021
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    AGENDA

Meeting Notice - State Board of Finance to meet May 18

  • Posted Date: 05/17/2021
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    The State Board of Finance will meet Tuesday, May 18 at 9:30 a.m. Below find meeting access information.

    MEETING DETAILS:

    Topic: State Board of Finance Meeting
    Time: May 18, 2021 09:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85127923132?pwd=YmZzYWdzenR0aFJuYm5pQTc5WEJ3Zz09

    Meeting ID: 851 2792 3132
    Passcode: 119194

    One tap mobile
    +16465588656,,85127923132#,,,,*119194# US (New York)
    +13017158592,,85127923132#,,,,*119194# US (Washington DC)

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            +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

    Meeting ID: 851 2792 3132
    Passcode: 119194

    Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcDfPvyLU9

    AGENDA

     

Walther names Brech State Budget Director

  • Posted Date: 05/14/2021
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    May 14, 2021

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    Scott Hardin, DFA Spokesperson
    501-682-5339, scott.hardin@dfa.arkansas.gov

     

    Robert Brech announced as State Budget Director

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (May 14, 2021) – Larry Walther, Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA), today announced Robert Brech will serve as DFA’s State Budget Director. Brech joins DFA after serving as General Counsel for the Arkansas Public School Resource Center since 2018. His prior work experience also includes four years as Chief Financial Officer for Department of Health along with 14 years as the Department’s Deputy General Counsel and four years as General Counsel.  

    “The State Budget Director must understand the unique needs of each Department, working closely with Department leaders, legislators, the Governor’s Office and others to build a budget that meets these needs,” said Secretary Walther. “Robert brings a thorough understanding of state government to the position of Budget Director. Due to his years in leadership with Department of Health and experience overseeing a significant budget, he has the ability to immediately lead DFA’s Budget team.”

    Brech’s first day with DFA will be Monday, May 24.

    “Robert is stepping into a job that in a normal year is one of the toughest in state government,” Governor Hutchinson said. “The Budget Division’s mission has been even more difficult during the pandemic as it has labored to ensure every department has sufficient resources while maintaining our balanced budget. Robert’s willingness to assume this challenge at this uncertain time speaks to his commitment to serve Arkansas. Robert understands the Budget Division’s key role in the day to day operation of state government, and he is up to the task.”

    Brech is a licensed attorney and attended the UALR Bowen School of Law. He has a degree in mathematics from the University of Central Arkansas.

Medical Marijuana Meeting

  • Posted Date: 05/05/2021
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    Medical Marijuana Meeting scheduled for May 27th 4:30 p.m.

    All agenda requests must be submitted by May 20th, 4:30 p.m.

TIMELINE OF PLANNED ACTIVITIES - JAG

Medical Marijuana Commission Meeting, May 04, 2021

Medical Marijuana Commission Meeting, April 19, 2021

  • Posted Date: 04/16/2021
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will meet  Monday, April 19, 2021.

    Agenda

MMC Commissioner’s Training Session

  • Posted Date: 04/12/2021
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    MMC Commissioner’s Training Session

    Commissioner Training - MMC
    Thu, Apr 15, 2021, 4:30 p.m.

    Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
    https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/923062053

    You can also dial in using your phone.
    United States (Toll Free): 1 877 309 2073
    United States: +1 (646) 749-3129

    Access Code: 923-062-053

Labor Day Holiday

  • Posted Date: 09/06/2021
  • Office: Human Resources
  • News:

    State employees excused from work

Independence Day Holiday (observed)

  • Posted Date: 07/05/2021
  • Office: Human Resources
  • News:

    State employees excused from work

Memorial Day Holiday

  • Posted Date: 05/31/2021
  • Office: All DFA, Human Resources
  • News:

    State employees excused from work

BJA Performance Measures for COAP

ABC Administration Relocation

  • Posted Date: 03/31/2021
  • Office: Alcoholic Beverage Control, All DFA
  • News:

     

    Effective April 7, 2021
    Office of ABC Administration will be located at
    101 East Capitol, Suite 401
    Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

    All telephone numbers will remain the same.

Filing and pay due date extended to May 17, 2021

  • Posted Date: 03/23/2021
  • Office: Income Tax
  • News:

    Filing and pay due date extended to May 17, 2021

    Income Tax Extension

Important information: Unemployment is not taxable for 2020. DFA instructions and forms have been updated to reflect the unemployment tax change.

  • Posted Date: 03/10/2021
  • Office: All DFA, Income Tax
  • News:

    Important information: Unemployment is not taxable for 2020. DFA instructions and forms have been updated to reflect the unemployment tax change.

Medical Marijuana Commission Meeting, March 29, 2021

  • Posted Date: 03/26/2021
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

     

    NOTICE: The meeting of the Medical Marijuana Commission scheduled for Monday, March 29 has been rescheduled. It will now take place April 19 at 4:30 p.m.

    AGENDA

     

     

OCSE Office Status

  • Posted Date: 02/23/2021
  • Office: Child Support
  • News:

    From:       Arkansas Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE)
    To:           Customers of OCSE
    Date:       February 23, 2021
    Subject:  OCSE Office Status

    After being closed yesterday for potential damage to the building from last week’s winter storm, the El Dorado office is open today and fully functional.

    Little Rock OCSE will continue to be closed due to damage to the building from a broken water main. Phones continue to be answered by a limited number of staff working from a remote location. We will post an update once we know when the office will reopen. Please be patient with our staff as we work to assist customers as quickly as possible. Customers may log into the customer service portal OCSE MyCase to check the status of payments, for secure messaging with OCSE staff, and to see the general status of your case.

OCSE Office Status

  • Posted Date: 02/22/2021
  • Office: Child Support
  • News:

    From:       Arkansas Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE)
    To:           Customers of OCSE
    Date:       February 22, 2021
    Subject:  OCSE Office Status

    After last week’s winter storm, most OCSE offices, as well as the Arkansas Child Support Clearinghouse, are open today, Monday, February 22. (Lobbies continue to be closed to the public.) However, the following offices are closed or will have a delayed opening. Please be patient with our staff as we work to assist customers as quickly as possible. Customers may log into the customer service portal OCSE MyCase to check the status of payments, for secure messaging with OCSE staff, and to see the general status of your case.

    Little Rock OCSE will be closed today due to damage to the building from a broken water main. Phones will be answered by a limited number of staff working from a remote location. We will post an update once we know when the office will reopen.

    El Dorado OCSE will be closed today due to damage to the building from last week’s snow storm. We will post an update once we know when the office will reopen.  Customers of the El Dorado office may call the Camden office at 870-837-1838 for assistance until El Dorado OCSE can reopen.

Next Medical Marijuana Commission Meeting, March 2, 2021 at 4:30

  • Posted Date: 02/22/2021
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    Next Medical Marijuana Commission Meeting, March 2, 2021 at 4:30. 

    All agenda item requests must be submitted by February 23, 2021 at 4:30.

    AGENDA

MMC Meeting scheduled for February 23, 2021 as cancelled

  • Posted Date: 02/22/2021
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    MMC Meeting scheduled for February 23, 2021 as cancelled.

ABC Board Meeting for February 17th cancelled

  • Posted Date: 02/16/2021
  • Office: Alcoholic Beverage Control
  • News:

    Please post on the ABC News page that the ABC Board Meeting for February 17th is cancelled due to inclement weather and the meeting will be rescheduled for February 24th.

MMC to meet February 23, 2021

  • Posted Date: 02/04/2021
  • Office: Medical Marijuana Commission
  • News:

    Next Marijuana Commission Meeting – February 23rd at 4:30 pm.

    All agenda item requests must be submitted by February 16th at 4:30 p.m.

Arkansas Scholarship Lottery names Brent Standridge Chief Legal Counsel

  • Posted Date: 02/01/2021
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    February 1, 2021

                                                                      Arkansas Scholarship Lottery names Brent Standridge Chief Legal Counsel

     

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (February 1, 2021) – Eric Hagler, Director of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, today announced Brent Standridge will serve as the agency’s Chief Legal Counsel.

    His first day will be Monday, February 8.

    He brings thirty-five years of legal experience to the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, serving as the Chief/Managing Public Defender for Saline County prior to accepting this new role.

    “The Chief Legal Counsel must have a versatile set of skills,” said Hagler. “Brent has literally seen the legal landscape from all vantage points---prosecutor, defense counsel, and judge. His breadth of experience and knowledge will greatly benefit the Lottery, as we strive to continue to deliver outsized net proceeds for the benefit of scholarships for Arkansas students. We are excited to have Brent join our executive team.”  

    Brent received his undergraduate and Law Degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville (B.A., Broadcast Journalism, 1983; J.D., 1985).

    Additional information regarding the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery may be found at www.myarkansaslottery.com.

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Sherwood and North Little Rock SRO currently closed

  • Posted Date: 02/01/2021
  • Office: All DFA, Revenue
  • News:

    The Sherwood and North Little Rock SRO are currently closed.

OCSE MyCase Update

  • Posted Date: 01/27/2021
  • Office: Child Support
  • News:

    From:      Arkansas Office of Child Support Enforcement 
    To:      Customers of Arkansas OCSE
    Date:      January 27, 2021
    Subject:  OCSE MyCase

    The Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) customer service portal, MyCase, has a new look. The new site has been streamlined, organizing information in a way that’s easier to navigate. And it is now mobile friendly, so customers can log in from a phone or tablet. 

    The following are some of the many features available:

    • Contact OCSE by secure messaging. 
    • Check recent payments or print a payment history.
    • Make a one-time payment or setup automatic payments. Paying by eCheck is free of charge! 
    • Provide updates to your personal information such as address, phone number, or updates for your children.
    • Review bills and select forms and notices.

    Go to www.ark.org/mycase/ to see a site preview, create an account, and sign in. 

Certain Revenue Office hours to temporarily change

  • Posted Date: 01/15/2021
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    January 15, 2021

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


    Certain Revenue Office hours to temporarily change

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (January 15, 2021) – The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) today announced Revenue Offices with extended hours of operation statewide will move to standard business hours beginning January 25, 2021. DFA oversees 134 total Revenue Offices. 17 of these offices open at 7 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m., with employees continuing to serve all customers in line. The remaining 117 offices operate on standard business hours, open at 8 a.m. and close at 4:30 p.m., again with employees serving the customers in line.  Effective January 25, 2021 all 134 Revenue Offices will move to standard business hours through the pandemic.   

    The following 17 offices will move from extended hours to standard hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.): Bentonville, Cabot, Conway, El Dorado, Fayetteville, Ft. Smith East, Harrison, Hot Springs (Albert Pike location), Jonesboro, Little Rock Southwest, West Little Rock, Pine Bluff, Russellville, Sherwood, Springdale, West Memphis and White Hall.

    DFA’s Revenue Offices have remained open throughout the COVID19 public health emergency with limited, temporary exceptions and will continue to remain open. 

    “Our Revenue Office employees are here to help and assist Arkansans with their motor vehicle and driver service needs.” said DFA Commissioner of Revenue Charlie Collins. “I am extremely proud of this team and the work they do to maintain critical state services. I understand that reducing service hours is an inconvenience and for that I apologize.  We will continue to adjust to the challenges of the pandemic and of course our highest priority is the health and safety of our employees and customers. We anticipate operating all offices on standard business hours through the remainder of the COVID19 pandemic and we will revisit moving back to extended hours in some offices when it is over.  We would also like to encourage Arkansans to visit us at mydmv.arkansas.gov to check out our services online.  Thank you for your support during these unprecedented times.”

    In addition to renewing annually online, mydmv.arkansas.gov also allows Arkansans to register a new vehicle, order a replacement driver’s license or ID, transfer vehicle ownership, order a personalized license plate, check the status of a car title and pre-register for a state ID or driver’s license. For perspective, approximately 35-40% of vehicle registration renewals are currently being completed online in Arkansas.

    A full list of Revenue Office locations may be found at www.dfa.arkansas.gov/office-locations/revenue-offices/

Department of Finance and Administration adjusts income tax withholding tables

  • Posted Date: 12/16/2020
  • Office: All DFA
  • News:

    Department of Finance and Administration adjusts income tax withholding tables

    In total, paychecks in Arkansas will increase by $7 million each month

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (December 16, 2020) – The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) recently announced to the state’s approximately 80,000 employers that the income tax withholding tables will change effective January 1, 2021. As a result, Arkansans may see an increase in the amount of their paychecks. This is the second change DFA has recently implemented to the withholding tables. The first adjustment took place March 1, 2020. The March 2020 adjustment put $15 million each month into the pockets of Arkansans via increased paychecks. The January 2021 adjustment will place an additional $7 million each month into paychecks.

    This withholding change is not a tax increase or cut, but with the law change that reduces the top personal income tax rate from 6.6% to 5.9% next month, the withholding change will put that reduction in paychecks beginning January 2021.  Without this change, many Arkansans wouldn’t see the bulk of their tax cut until they received it in their tax refund in 2022.  

    “Due to three considerable income tax cuts established by the legislature and Governor Hutchinson, it is again appropriate to adjust withholding tables to correspond with the lower tax rates,” said Charlie Collins, DFA’s Commissioner of Revenue. “Employees that wish to maintain a higher annual tax refund can simply ask their employer to adjust the AR4EC form to increase the amount withheld each paycheck. This gives Arkansans the option of a larger annual refund versus a paycheck increase.”

    Employers may find the new tables at http://ar.gov/WithholdingTaxTables.

    Additional information on DFA may be found at www.dfa.arkansas.gov.

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