Ballot Issue 1 (a.k.a. SJR 7) – A Legislative Power Grab
If you are still questioning how to vote on Ballot Issue 1, read the information below. (We introduced our stand on all 5 Issues in this article. We believe that Ballot Issue 1 could be dangerous if passed.) As of today, October 22, 2014, there are 12 days left before the Nov. 4, 2014 General Election. So, before you decide to vote for an Article 5 Amendment that restructures our Arkansas Constitution, consider the end result. For the legislators to get Issue 1 approved, they would have to convince the people that it’s necessary to change the state constitution. Really? Do you think this will make the process better? And do you really think that our local lawmakers wrote this legislation, OR was it written in the shadows by people who are unaccountable to the public? How are they being misleading?
This is the longest article that Secure Arkansas has ever written, but due to the comprehensive nature of this constitutional amendment and the precendent that will be set if it’s passed, we believe it’s important that you read the entire article.
Ballot Issue 1 has been a controversial issue from the very beginning. Martha Adcock in the Secretary of State’s office said, “Anybody can sue. This is no guarantee by us saying we’re going to provide and use the attorney generals’ popular name that somebody won’t sue and say there’s no authority for doing so.” Please click on the Attorney General opinion letters below for a better explanation.
Opinion No. 2014-115 Opinion letter from AG Dustin McDaniel to AR Game and Fish Commission
Opinion No. 2013-067 Opinion letter from AG Dustin McDaniel to SOS Mark Martin
Opinion No. 2013-068 Opinion letter from AG Dustin McDaniel to SOS Mark Martin
Ballotpedia.org says: “The ballot language for all three legislatively-referred constitutional amendments on the 2014 ballot have faced legal issues due to a 2013 act removing the attorney general’s authority to write popular names for the measures. For more information on this complication and the possible lawsuits it may incur, see the path to the ballot section.”
See the ballot language for SJR 7 from the Arkansas Legislature website: http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2013/2013R/Bills/SJR7.pdf
and also below:
As Engrossed: S3/6/13 SJR7
02-11-2013 11:49:12 MBM099
SECTION 1. Article 5 of the Arkansas Constitution is amended to add an additional section to read as follows:
§ 42. Review and approval of administrative rules. (a) The General Assembly may provide by law: (1) For the review by a legislative committee of administrative rules promulgated by a state agency before the administrative rules become effective; and (2) That administrative rules promulgated by a state agency shall not become effective until reviewed and approved by the legislative committee charged by law with the review of administrative rules under subdivision (a)(1) of this section. (b) The review and approval by a legislative committee under subsection (a) of this section may occur during the interim or during a regular, special, or fiscal session of the General Assembly.
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So, according to the proposed legislation, this review and approval process would be by A LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE and may occur during:
a regular session
a special session
a fiscal session
“The Legislative Council was established by Act 264 of 1949 to collect data and information upon which legislative decisions will be made during regular session of the General Assembly. The Bureau of Legislative Research of the Legislative Council is a service agency within the legislative department of government. All members of the General Assembly have access to the Bureau of Legislative Research. The Legislative Council is the supervisory committee for the Bureau of Legislative Research, and the council coordinates the activities of the various interim committees and through the various committees provides legislative oversight of the executive branch of government. The council consists of 36 regular members – 20 House members and 16 Senators. In addition, there are 24 ex-officio voting members and 5 ex-officio non-voting members.(A.C.A. 10-3-301)” [highlight emphasis ours]
We’ll touch more on the “The Council of 36” in a future article…
Rules of the Arkansas Legislative Council – This is a 13-page document that any child should be able to follow. Right? You can bet that these rules are subject to change!
Currently, the ALC is to follow Arkansas Code § 10-3-309 on all administrative rules and regulations submitted to the Legislative Council by state agencies, boards, and commissions for Legislative Council review.
Are the lawmakers following the rules in place right now?
The following is from Arkansas Code § 10-3-309:
(2) The Legislative Council shall act in an advisory capacity to the General Assembly with respect to administrative rules and procedures and shall report to the General Assembly at each regular session all administrative rules and regulations which the Legislative Council believes to be contrary to legislative intent or promulgated without legislative authority.
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From 2012 Arkansas Code, Title 10 – General Assembly, Chapter 3 – Committees, Subchapter 3 – — Legislative Council
(d) (1) (A) The Legislative Council may selectively review possible, proposed, or adopted rules and regulations and prescribe appropriate Legislative Council procedures for that purpose.
(B) The Legislative Council may receive and investigate complaints from members of the public with respect to possible, proposed, or adopted rules and regulations and hold public proceedings on those complaints.
(2) (A) The Legislative Council may request a representative of an agency whose possible, proposed, or adopted rule or regulation is under examination to attend a Legislative Council meeting and answer relevant questions.
(B) The Legislative Council may also communicate to the agency its nonbinding comments on any possible, proposed, or adopted rule or regulation and request the agency to respond to them in writing.
(3) (A) The Legislative Council may recommend and refer the recommendation to the appropriate committee or committees of the General Assembly:
(i) Enactment of a statute to improve the operation of an agency; and
(ii) That a particular rule or regulation be superseded in whole or in part by statute.
(B) Subdivision (d)(3)(A) of this section does not preclude any committee of the General Assembly from reviewing a rule or regulation on its own motion or recommending that it be superseded in whole or in part by statute.
(4) (A) (i) If the Legislative Council considers all or any portion of a rule or regulation to be beyond the procedural or substantive authority delegated to the adopting agency, the Legislative Council may file notice of that with the agency issuing the rule or regulation in question.
(ii) The notice shall contain a concise statement detailing the precise reasons that the Legislative Council considers the rule or regulation, or portion thereof, to be beyond the procedural or substantive authority delegated to the agency.
(B) The Legislative Council shall maintain a permanent register open to public inspection of all notices.
(C) (i) Within thirty (30) calendar days after the filing of an objection by the Legislative Council to a rule or regulation, the issuing agency shall respond in writing to the Legislative Council.
(ii) After receipt of the response, the Legislative Council may withdraw or modify its findings.
(D) The failure of the Legislative Council to file a notice regarding a rule or regulation is not an implied legislative authorization of its procedural or substantive validity.
(5) The Legislative Council may make nonbinding recommendations to an agency that it adopt a rule or regulation.
(e) (1) (A) Before any rule or regulation of any state agency may be revised, promulgated, amended, or changed, a copy of the rule or amendment to existing rules and a financial impact statement shall be filed with the bureau at least thirty (30) days before the expiration of the period for public comment on the rule pursuant to the Arkansas Administrative Procedure Act, § 25-15-201 et seq., or other acts pertaining to the rule-making authority of that agency.
(B) The scope of the financial impact statement shall be determined by the agency but shall include, at a minimum, the estimated cost of complying with the rule or regulation and the estimated cost for the agency to implement the rule or regulation.
(C) Except as provided in § 6-11-132, if the agency has reason to believe that the development of a financial impact statement will be so speculative as to be cost prohibitive, the agency shall submit a statement and explanation to that effect.
(D) If the purpose of a state agency rule or regulation is to implement a federal rule or regulation, the financial impact statement shall be limited to any incremental additional cost of the state rule or regulation as opposed to the federal rule or regulation.
(2) The bureau shall review the proposed revised or amended rule or regulation and, if it is believed that the rule or regulation is contrary to legislative intent, shall file a statement thereof with the Legislative Council.
(3) In either event, the proposed rule or regulation and any comment on the proposed rule or regulation prepared by the bureau shall be submitted to the Legislative Council at the next regular meeting following its filing with the Legislative Council.
(f) (1) In addition, before any rule or regulation of any state agency may be revised, promulgated, amended, or changed, a copy of the rule or amendment to existing rules shall be filed with the interim committees of the General Assembly having responsibility for review of that agency under Acts 1977, No. 100.
(2) The filing shall be made at least thirty (30) days before the expiration of the period for public comment on the rule, pursuant to the Arkansas Administrative Procedure Act, § 25-15-201 et seq., or other acts pertaining to the rulemaking authority of the agency.
(g) (1) The Joint Budget Committee shall establish the Administrative Rule and Regulation Review Subcommittee.
(2) (A) The Administrative Rule and Regulation Review Subcommittee shall consist of twenty-two (22) members of the General Assembly.
(B) (i) Nine (9) members of the Administrative Rule and Regulation Review Subcommittee shall be appointed by the Senate Cochair of the Joint Budget Committee.
(ii) The Senate Cochair of the Joint Budget Committee shall designate one (1) of his or her appointees as Senate Cochair of the Administrative Rule and Regulation Review Subcommittee.
(C) (i) Nine (9) members of the Administrative Rule and Regulation Review Subcommittee shall be appointed by the House Cochair of the Joint Budget Committee.
(ii) The House Cochair of the Joint Budget Committee shall designate one (1) of his or her appointees as House Cochair of the Administrative Rule and Regulation Review Subcommittee.
(3) The cochairs and co-vice chairs of the Legislative Council shall be ex officio members of the Administrative Rule and Regulation Review Subcommittee.
(4) (A) The Administrative Rule and Regulation Review Subcommittee may meet only during a regular, fiscal, or extraordinary session of the General Assembly.
(B) The Administrative Rule and Regulation Review Subcommittee shall meet at the call of the cochairs of the Administrative Rule and Regulation Review Subcommittee.
(5) (A) During a regular, fiscal, or extraordinary session of the General Assembly, the Administrative Rule and Regulation Review Subcommittee may perform the functions assigned to the Legislative Council under this section.
(B) Actions taken by the Administrative Rule and Regulation Review Subcommittee under subdivision (g)(5)(A) of this section have the same effect as actions taken by the Legislative Council under this section.
(C) If the Administrative Rule and Regulation Review Subcommittee meets during a regular, fiscal, or extraordinary session of the General Assembly, the Administrative Rule and Regulation Review Subcommittee shall file a report of its actions with the Legislative Council as soon as practicable.
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It looks to us like they already have the authority that they need! Why the push for MORE oversight?
There are 100 Arkansas Representatives, and each one represents over 29,000 residents! Representatives in Arkansas are subject to no more than 3 two-year terms, and we DON’T want to extend that! There are 35 Arkansas State senators, and each one represents over 83,000 residents! Senators in Arkansas are subject to term limits of no more than 2 four-year terms, and we need to keep it that way! (A side note: be sure to vote against Issue 3.)
During the 2013-2014 state legislative session, one of the major issues included Private Option Medicaid Expansion with a $5 BILLION budget proposed for 2015. Senator Dismang is a very powerful and influential state senator, so this Ballot Issue 1 (which he sponsored) brings up some questions, which we’ll ask throughout this article. We’d like to know who is really behind this measure.
Senator Jonathan Dismang
The sponsors of Ballot Issue 1 (a.k.a. SJR 7) were Senator Jonathan Dismang and Representative Andrea Lea, both of whom are American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) members. Information about SJR 7 is shown further down in our article. Click here to read Senator Dismang’s bio, and we’ve also entered it in full here:
“Senator Jonathan Dismang represents Senate District 28, Prairie County and parts of Arkansas, Lonoke, Monroe, White and Woodruff Counties. Serving his second term in the Arkansas Senate, he is chairman of Joint Budget Committee (JBC) – Special Language for the current 89th General Assembly and the President Pro Tempore-Elect for the 90th General Assembly, which begins in January 2015. His committee memberships include:
Regionally and nationally, Senator Dismang is active with several anti-constitutional key organizations including the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC), the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the Council of State Governments (CSG). With SLC, he holds membership on the Fiscal Affairs & Government Operations Committee and the Human Services & Public Safety Committee, with NCSL he serves on the Health Standing Committee and with CSG, he serves on the Committee for Suggested State Legislation.
During the 88th General Assembly, he served on the following committees: Legislative Joint Auditing; Joint Budget; Joint Performance Review; Joint Energy; Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor; and Senate City, County and Local Affairs.
Senator Dismang was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2008 to serve House District 49. He was chairman of the Arkansas Legislative Council PEER Committee, vice-chairman of Income Taxes-Personal and Corporate Subcommittee. He was also elected vice chairman of the Freshman Caucus and recognized by his peers for his outstanding leadership ability. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette named him one of the Top Six Freshman to Watch during the 87th General Assembly and the Three Rivers Edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette named him as one of Twenty to Watch.
Professionally, Senator Dismang is owner and president of Dismang Consulting Services, LLC, where he provides financial oversight services with an emphasis in real estate. Civically, he is active in many local and state organizations, including White County 4-H Foundation, The Rose Bud East Advisory Council, Beebe Chamber of Commerce,
Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Searcy Young Professionals Network and the Harding University Presidents Council. He is a member of the board of directors for the Arkansas Children’s Advocacy Centers and past chairman of the Arkansas National Association of Royalty Owners.
A native of Maynard, Arkansas, Senator Dismang is an honor graduate of Harding University with degrees in accounting and economics. He is married to the former Mandy Staggs and together they have two children, Cade and Sawyer. The family are members of Beebe Church of Christ.”
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Just to reiterate: he represents District 28, is serving his second term in the Arkansas Senate, and is the President Pro-Tempore-Elect and Majority Whip. Don’t forget that he was a key player in the creation of the Arkansas Private Option a.k.a. ObamaCare. He was also a speaker at the Arkansas Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association at their 2014 conference in August. He serves on several key committees that affect our daily lives (often negatively!), including:
the Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee
the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace Legislative Oversight Committee
Legislative Joint Auditing – Medicaid Subcommittee
ALC – Hospital and Medicaid Study Subcommittee
and other committees, including:
Arkansas Legislative Council (ALC)
Legislative Joint Auditing – Education Institutions
ALC – Arkansas Game and Fish/State Police Committee
ALC – Policy Making
ALC – Administrative Rules and Regulations
This is only a partial list of committees of which he’s a member. We thought you’d want to focus on these since he’s on so many committees. He’s on the Arkansas Legislative Council Policy Making Committee AND the Administrative Rules and Regulations Committee… and he wants MORE power and control? For whom?
The committee memberships of Senator Dismang (sponsor of SJR 7) should raise some red flags. Just how much power do you want to give these legislative committees? Government overreach is already at an all-time high, and in Secure Arkansas’ opinion, this looks to us like a restructuring of government for an eventual federal takeover.
Senator Dismang (and probably YOUR own legislator) is a member of these nefarious groups, (so, there’s really no Left vs. Right):
Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) which is the Southern office for the 15 states (including Arkansas) of the Council of State Governments (CSG) and affiliated with the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
Standing Committees of the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC):
Agricultural and Rural Development Committee
Economic Development, Transportation, & Cultural Affairs Committee
Energy and Environment Committee
Fiscal Affairs & Government Operations
Human Services & Public Safety
Other SLC Initiatives:
Legislative Service Agency (LSA) Directors Group
Here’s a link to their upcoming go-to-meeting webinars regarding Public-Private Partnerships.
National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) – Sen. Dismang serves on the Health Standing Committee
Council of State Governments (CSG) – Sen. Dismang serves on the Committee for Suggested State Legislation. Note: Immediately, after being sworn into office, all legislators and their staff automatically become CSG members! Click on the hotlink above for further understanding. Wikipedia has some important information, too. They say: “The Council of State Governments (CSG) is a nonpartisan non-profit organization in the United States serving the state governments. It serves state legislatures, state courts, and executive branch officials and agencies, and is the only multi-branch organization of state governments in the United States.”
CSG shows what a very tight grasp they have on state legislators, the executive branch, and state agencies and what a forceful influence they have on regional, national, and international public policy.
CSG Articles of Organization – Notice that they have sections for Regional Organization and CSG 21st Century Foundation. They are preparing everyone for the Agenda of the 21st Century!
Secure Arkansas is NO FRIEND of state agency bureaucrats, but what about all the legislation coming in from out-of-state non-governmental, non-elected groups such as American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Council of State Governments (CSG), National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), Southern Legislative Conference, (SLC), and other NGOs and lobbyists pushing their legislation, and being paid off in turn for supporting their legislation? We’ll concentrate more on CSG later in the article. So, who do you think pays for all this? It’s the taxpayer! To see from where/whom your legislator is getting their campaign funds, click here.
When the Financial Disclosure Search page comes up as shown below, check the ALL box and enter the legislator name that you want to get their financial filings. If you want to narrow your search down you can enter the year and other info as shown. Be sure to go to this Secretary of State website to do that.
It appears that these powerful, elite NGOs are out to destroy our American way of life… and the Constitution along with it. Ballot Issue 1 is a big power move toward single-branch government control. The legislature is busy grabbing up power in all realms as it moves into a higher level. Is the legislature listening to the people? Are the legislators representing us? Or are they consolidating into a one-branch government? This appears to Secure Arkansas to be a Power Grab and state takeover of the executive power, setting things up for a Regional takeover. Secure Arkansas supports our system of checks and balances. We don’t want the legislature, the governor, or the judicial branch to have too much power. Issue #1 is not an attempt to restore the balance of power; it deteriorates it even further! The legislative body is no more a representative of the people than the man in the moon. It should’ve been, but since these forceful anti-constitutional NGOs (ALEC, CSG, NCSL, SLC, etc) have taken over, that’s who our legislative body actually represents today. Face it. That’s why we CANNOT let the untrustworthy legislators have any more power that will transform our government into Regionalism.
Are the RINO legislators being outflanked by the governor and his colleagues? Or are the legislators actually just reproducing rubber-stamped legislation that’s been drafted by these UN-constitutional NGOs (ALEC, CSG, NCSL, SLC, etc) in states across the country for the benefit of the NGOs and corporate America? U.N. Agenda 21 / Sustainable Development marches forward under many political parties! This is the reason the lawmakers do not listen to their constituents – the lawmakers are being told what to do by the Non-Governmental Organizations (ALEC, CSG, NCSL, SLC, etc), and it’s happening across the country. Do you think your lawmakers will listen to YOU or carry YOUR legislation that you want passed or stopped? About 2,000 – 3,000 pieces of legislation are proposed every legislative session in Arkansas (and more in other states), and most of them are NOT written by the legislators we supposedly elected into office. They are told how to vote and have admitted to us many times that they don’t even read the legislation on which they are voting! If we want to quit being bombarded with legislation, our lawmakers must get out of the Agenda 21 NGOs AND stop accepting federal grants. Federal grant money is one the main principle methods used to promote Regionalism. Agenda 21/Sustainable Development is being implemented at the federal level by all federal departments and passed down to the states by EO 13423 and EO 13514. ALEC, CSG, NCSL, SLC, etc, and Corporate America has bought into Agenda 21/Sustainable Development as you can easily check out from their mission statements.
Conclusion: if we vote yes on Issue 1, then we are giving ALEC, CSG, NCSL, SLC, etc., more controlling power from Corporate America to command what happens in the State of Arkansas.
The Mission Statement of CSG champions excellence in state governments to advance the common good (meaning social justice; everyone shares equally or collectively).
Saul Alinsky said, “The radical is that unique person to whom the common good is the greatest personal value.”
Hillary Clinton said, “We are going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.”
The Common Good = Collectivism
From 2013 SSL:
From 2012 SSL:
From 2011 SSL:
From 2010 SSL:
As you can see, the Council of State Governments (CSG) is working hand-in-hand with the federal government to regionalize policy where each state no longer has control within its boundaries. Remember, CSG is a non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) headed by a governor who serves as PRESIDENT and a member of a state legislature who serves as CHAIRMAN. According to Wikipedia:
“CSG is the precursor and partner of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), with which it shares Executive Committee members, and is the umbrella organization for multiple state leaders’ organizations as well as research entities, such as the Healthy States Initiatives, founded by CSG and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), headquartered in Atlanta, GA, as well as the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators.”
Take a look at the governors who have been involved in this organization! CSG Presidents and Chairs (governors and members of state legislatures) are mentioned in the Wikipedia information and listed by year. The CSG just met in July 2014 in Little Rock, Arkansas for their big conference! Take a look at this document – page 25 mentions their sponsors.
Currently, Arkansas lawmakers have the ability to cut or eliminate the money in the appropriation bills to the various state and local agencies to get the agencies’ attention if the state agencies are NOT making the rules match the statues just passed. The legislators could also impose a penalty on the state agencies if the rule isn’t written to statue that the legislators passed.
Presently, the General Assembly implements the law, and the State Agencies write the rules and regulations to cover the laws implemented by the General Assembly. It is then up to the state agencies to create the rules and regulation to implement new law that was just passed.
Once a bill is passed by both houses, signed by the governor, and given an Act number, a state agency will write the rule & regulation to implement the law. The Administrative Procedures Act is what the state agencies are to follow when they implement the new proposed rule change. [highlight emphasis ours]
25-15-204. Rules–Procedure for adoption.
Presently, all rule changes made by the state agencies are covered by Arkansas Administrative Procedures Act in Title 25-15-201 through 25-15-217. Prior to the adoption, amendment, or repeal of any rule, the agency shall give at least 30 days’ notice of its intended action. This will permit all interested persons reasonable opportunity to submit written data, views, or arguments, orally or in writing. The agency shall fully consider all written and oral submissions respecting the proposed rule before finalizing the language of the proposed rule and filing the proposed rule as required by 25-15-204 (a) 2 (d).
If state agencies neglect to follow the Arkansas Administrative Procedures Act, you can use the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to request the method they used in the adoption, amendment, or repeal of any rule. If there is a violation with any state agency, then action can be taken against that agency and the persons involved in the violation. Remember, the agency must give 30 days’ notice of its intended action.
The legislators pass the laws, as everyone knows, and they appropriate funds to the agencies. If they don’t agree with what the agencies do with the funds, they can defund them! Secure Arkansas has attended their fiscal sessions in which they appropriate funds. They bring up an agency and throw tons money at it; in other words, whatever amount the agency usually requests.
SJR 7 (Ballot Issue 1) appears to be coming from the Agenda 21 / Sustainable Development promoter, the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) of which Jonathan Dismang is a member. The link above mentions Separation of Powers – Legislative Oversight.
SJR 7 is a change to the Arkansas Constitution and can only be approved by the people, and this is why the Arkansas General Assembly had to refer SJR 7 to the People to vote on. The Arkansas General Assembly is asking YOU the People to vote FOR Ballot Issue 1 so that they can disrupt the separation of power between the legislators and administrators. However, both the Democrat and Republican parties are being deceitful on pushing for a passage of “Ballot Issue 1” a.k.a SJR 7.
The following is the General Assembly vote on SJR 7 to get the issue Referred to the People by the Arkansas General Assembly:
Out of 35 Senators: 32 voted for it, one voted against it, and 2 didn’t vote at all (“excused”).
Out of 100 Representatives: 88 voted for it, none voted against it, and 12 didn’t vote at all (“non-voting”). “Non-voting” is the same as a YEA vote. Why didn’t these non-voting Reps take a stand?
Why did SJR 7 pass unanimously in both houses? Do you you think these legislators could be getting their marching orders from unelected NGO’s?
The following information is from the Arkansas Secretary of State:
The Administrative Procedures Act, ACA 25-15-201 et. seq., requires state agencies, boards and commissions to file with the Secretary of State a copy of each rule adopted by the filing group. ACA 25-15-218 requires the Secretary of State to publish all state agency rule notices, emergency rules, adopted rules, proposed rules and financial impact statements on the Secretary of State website.
For questions about Administrative Rules email [email protected].
– To be filed with State Agency FINAL rule filings
ADMINISTRATIVE RULES ARE FILED BY STATE AGENCIES, BOARDS, OR COMMISSIONS. AGENCY RULES “…INTERPRETS, OR PRESCRIBES LAW OR POLICY, OR DESCRIBES THE ORGANIZATION, PROCEDURE, OR PRACTICE OF ANY AGENCY…”. ADMINISTRATIVE RULES DO NOT CONCERN THE INTERNAL MANAGEMENT OF THE AGENCY, AND ARE ONLY FILED BY STATE AGENCIES, BOARDS OR COMMISSIONS. ADMINISTRATIVE RULES ARE NOT FILED BY FOR-PROFIT / NON-PROFIT BUSINESSES, PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATIONS, OR AN ENTITY NOT INVOLVED IN STATE GOVERNMENT.
All agencies are required to publish the notices not less than three (3) days before the meeting or hearing is scheduled to take place. This requirement does not apply to emergency or special meetings that meet the requirements of § 25-19-106(b)(2).
Act 1478 of 2003
Section 3 requires state agencies, boards and commissions to file “it’s adopted rules, proposed rules, and notices with the Secretary of State in an electronic format acceptable to the Secretary of State and for those filings to appear on the Secretary of State’s website.
For additional questions about Administrative Rule filings please email [email protected].
The following is from the Arkansas Secretary of State’s Administrative Rules Coordinator, Jon Davidson, to all State Agencies, Board or Commissions:
Dear State Agency, Board or Commission,
Arkansas Code Annotated 25-15-218 requires state agencies, boards and commissions to file “its adopted rules, proposed rules, and notices with the Secretary of State in an electronic format acceptable to the Secretary of State and for those filings to appear on the Secretary of State’s website.” The appearance of the various stages of rulemaking on the website gives members of the public more access to agency rules that affect them. All agency rule notices, proposed rules, emergency rules, and adopted rules must be submitted in an electronic format with the Arkansas Register.
Arkansas Code 25-15-218 requirements;
Rule Notices – Rule notices will be required to be published in a newspaper of general daily circulation for three consecutive days. These rule notices should also be emailed to [email protected] listing a date of when the notice will appear in the newspaper. The notice will be posted on the Secretary of State’s website.
Proposed Rules — Proposed rules should also be emailed to [email protected]. Proposed rules should be submitted in “mark-up” (strikethrough, underline, etc.) form if the rule is an amendment to an existing rule. For a new rule a “clean copy” should be submitted. Also, a summary of the rule should be included with the filing.
Final and Emergency Rules – Electronic copies and paper copies of the rules must be filed with the Arkansas Register. Electronic copies should be emailed to [email protected]. Paper copies of the rule need to be filed and date stamped with the office and will be used as the “official copy.” Paper copies need to include an Arkansas Register Transmittal Sheet. This cover sheet can be obtained from the Rules & Regulations section of the Secretary of State’s website at: http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/rulesRegs/Pages/default.aspx. Final rules will become effective 30 days after filing (Act 1015 of 2011), unless a later date is specified in the rule.
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Regionalism (federal takeover) will make a collective whole out of state and local government. Secure Arkansas sees the merging of city and county, then county and district, then district with state, then state with other states – into one, big, federal region. When this is accomplished, there will only be two levels of government: regional and federal. Regionalism consolidates local and state governments into a mega-region and centralizes bureaucratic control where authorities, committees, and commissions administer Washington D.C.’s dictates.
Regionalism is a planned takeover of America and has been implemented incrementally for almost a century. It’s come under many different names and is all part of the U.N. Agenda 21 policy. Regionalism’s long-range plan is to destroy our state and local governments and transfer control to the hands of a few, which by the way, are unelected officials. The federal government uses grants to force the states to submit to the establishment of regional planning mechanisms. “Power and money corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Regionalism involves Soviet-style councils that rule from the top down with NO oversight. This is the transformation of our constitutional government, in which the people vote, into a fascist-collectivist order in which the government controls our lives and tells us what to do. Regionalism eliminates borders so that people will not have any allegiance to their cities, counties, states, or country. Regionalism can be traced back to the United Nations which was founded by communists. The underlying motive of this federal mandate for regional government is the consolidation of state and local governments into regional units under total federal control. You can bet we will become excluded from the political and government processes!
So, who now holds the influence, control, and power over both the Upper & Lower Chambers of the Arkansas General Assembly, including the executive branch of the office of the governor? (Be sure to scroll down when you click that link to see the current members of the Southern branch of the Council of State Governments!) It looks like corporate America and the NGOs are some of the most powerful forces in the world.
“ In the very nature of things, there is bound to be a reaction against centralization sooner or later. The real question is whether it will come in time to save the present constitutional scheme.”
Quoting from Pierson’s “Our Changing Constitution” in 1922
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