Arkansas State Resource Center
Arkansas Statewide Offices
- Attorney General
The Attorney General is the state's top law enforcement officer and its chief consumer advocate. Broadly, his duties include the following: representing most state agencies, boards and commissions in courts of law; advocating for citizens with regard to environment, utilities, antitrust and consumer protection issues; providing opinions on legal issues presented by legislators, prosecutors and heads of state agencies; pursuing civil remedies on behalf of the Arkansas Medicaid Program for fraud and neglect; and handling all criminal appeals and habeas corpus matters on behalf of the state.
The governor may issue executive orders, which stay in place until they are repealed, and policy directives, effective only while the governor who issued them is in office. The governor also appoints the members of the state's boards and commissions and is able to grant reprieves and pardons for convicted criminals. Additionally the governor pursues formal initiatives for change in such areas as education and economic development
- Land Commissioner
The primary responsibility of the Land Commissioner is to oversee the disposition of tax delinquent property. Historical preservation and permitting and leasing of natural resources on state-owned lands are also duties of the Land Commissioner and he is authorized to donate tax-delinquent land that does not sell at auction to state agencies, local governmental units and cities and towns.
- Lt. Governor
The official duties of Arkansas' Lieutenant Governor as described by the Arkansas Constitution are to preside over the Senate with a tie-breaking vote, to serve as governor when the governor is out of state, and to serve as governor if the governor is impeached, removed from office, dies or is otherwise unable to discharge the office's duties.
- Secretary of State
Duties of the Office of the Secretary of State: the Building and Grounds Division; the Business and Commercial Services Division; the Communications and Education Division; the Elections Division; the Fiscal Office; and the State Capitol Gift Shop.
- State Auditor
The Auditor of State is one of seven constitutional officers in Arkansas. The Auditor acts as the general accountant for the State, keeping track of all fund and appropriation balances of all state agencies, and writing the warrants (checks) in payment of the liabilities of the State.
- State of Arkansas
Arkansas is a beautiful and rewarding destination for business or pleasure. Our state enjoys all four seasons with mild winters and extraordinary color in Spring and Autumn. We proudly live up to our motto -- The Natural State -- by showcasing clear, clean lakes and magestic mountain ranges for exploration or relaxation.
- State Treasurer
The Office of the Treasurer of State is charged with numerous administrative and service duties that were established by the legislature. They include receiving and keeping all state money collected by the administering agency; keeping an account of all money received and disbursed for over 400 fund accounts representing the fund equities of more than 200 state agencies; disbursing funds by redeeming warrants drawn on the State Treasury in accordance with state law; and reporting to the Governor every two years through the Biennial Report the condition of the Treasury and its operations.
Arkansas Legislative Branch
- Arkansas General Assembly
The Arkansas General Assembly is the state legislature of the state of Arkansas. The legislature is a bicameral body composed of the upper house Arkansas Senate with 35 members, and the lower Arkansas House of Representatives with 100 members. All 135 representatives and state senators represent an equal amount of constituent districts. The General Assembly convenes on the second Monday of every other year. A session lasts for 60 days unless the legislature votes to extend it.
Arkansas Court Rules and Forms
- Arkansas Court Rules and Administrative Orders
Supreme Court, District Court, Circuit Court, City Court and Court of Appeals. Court Rules and Administrative Orders, as of March 22, 2007, were received courtesy of LexisNexis. Subsequent amendments adopted by the Arkansas Supreme Court have been incorporated by the Reporter of Decisions' office.
- Arkansas Judiciary Annual Reports
Annual Reports Publications and Newsletters.
Arkansas Judicial Branch
- Arkansas Judiciary
The Arkansas Judiciary encompasses the Supreme Court, Clerk of Courts, Court of Appeals, Circuit Court (Drug Court Programs and Juvenile Court Programs), District Court and City Court.
- Arkansas Supreme Court Library
The Arkansas Supreme Court Library, created pursuant to the Supreme Court Library Act of 1851, principally serves the justices and staff of the Arkansas Supreme Court, the judges and staff of the Arkansas Court of Appeals, and the various agencies located within the Justice Building. The library is also open to the general public to whom its resources are available for on-site use.
Arkansas Executive Branch
- Arkansas Building Authority
Arkansas Building Authority, formerly named Arkansas State Building Services, was created by Act 716 of 1975 and came into existence on July 1, 1975. The Agency is responsible for the design, construction, maintenance and operation of state buildings, including colleges and universities.
- Arkansas Crime Information Center
ACIC is the state agency responsible for providing information technology services to law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies in Arkansas. The principal role of ACIC is the administration of a comprehensive data system that is accessible by criminal justice agencies in over 250 locations in Arkansas. This state system is interfaced with the FBI National Crime Information Center, as well as similar systems in the other 49 states. ACIC also collects and publishes statistics on crime, manages the crime victim notification system, and the state sex offender registry.
- Arkansas Election Results
Arkansas Election Results are presented by the Secretary of State. The Election information is based on the most current election. You can access previous elections under the "Past Elections Results" category. You can also view information on voter turnout by contest or location and you can view information about the candidates that are running for office. All information on this website is unofficial.
- Arkansas Fair Housing Commission
The Arkansas Fair Housing Commission is an enforcement agency that works in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to enforce fair housing rules and regulations.
- Arkansas National Guard
The Military Department of Arkansas is a broad, community-based organization with both federal and state government responsibilities. Federal missions include operations in support of the Army and Air Force for peacekeeping and wartime missions. State missions primarily include disaster relief and community support. The department, comprised of both Army and Air National Guard elements, has service and economic impact in 57 Arkansas counties.
- Arkansas Public School Computer Network
The Arkansas Public School Computer Network (APSCN) was established in September 1992 for the purpose of implementing a statewide computer system linking all Arkansas public school systems and the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) as required by Act 4 of 1992. The mission of APSCN is to provide all Arkansas public school systems electronic access to administrative computing services that provide state and local decision makers accurate, timely and comprehensive information.
- Arkansas Student Loan Authority
ASLA is a non profit state entity that was created three decades ago to ensure access to education funding for Arkansas students. It receives all its funding from the sale of bonds backed by student loans and provides several $1,000 scholarships each year to incoming and current college students in Arkansas.
- Arkansas Workforce
The Department of Workforce Services maintains records on Unemployment Insurance, Employment Service, Workforce Investment activities, and Labor Market Information. Its mission is to enable the Arkansas workforce to compete in the global economy by linking a comprehensive array of services for employers and job seekers.
- Department of Arkansas Heritage
Since 1975, the Department of Arkansas Heritage has been promoting and coordinating the discovery, preservation and presentation of Arkansas's natural and cultural resources.
- Department of Career Education
The Arkansas Department of Career Education (ADCE) was originally created as the Arkansas Department of Workforce Education (ADWE) by Act 803 of 1997 to assume responsibility over vocational and technical education in the state. The ADCE oversees vocational and technical education in the state. It was established to “create opportunities for strong comprehensive education regardless of the student’s ultimate career choice.”
- Department of Community Correction
The DCP is responsible for the administration of all community punishment facilities, services and means of supervision, including probation and parole and any other types of post supervision releases.
- Department of Correction
The Department's goals are: 1) To maintain cost efficient care, custody, and control over all inmates in an appropriate, safe, humane, and secure environment; 2) to provide appropriate facilities for inmates sentenced by the courts; 3) to provide constructive correctional opportunities for inmates to successfully return to the community; 4) to optimize inmate assignments in work programs; and 5) to attract and retain quality staff.
- Department of Education
The Arkansas Department of Education oversees Arkansas's public school system. The department provides administrators and educators with information and support, including curriculum standards, licensure information, professional development opportunities, and recognition. For students, the agency offers resources such as homework aids, assessments, and scholarship information.
- Department of Emergency Management
The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) is the state government’s equivalent of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). ADEM is responsible for disaster preparedness and for responding to natural and manmade disasters throughout the state.
- Department of Environmental Quality
The Department of Environmental Quality strives to protect and enhance the state's environment through regulatory programs, proactive programs and educational activities. ADEQ is organized into six regulatory divisions that focus on specific elements of the environment: Air; Hazardous Waste; Regulated Storage Tanks; Solid Waste; Mining; and Water.
- Department of Finance and Administration
The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (ADFA) oversees the collection of state taxes, the purchasing of equipment for state agencies, programs for state employees, and a variety of other fiscal and administrative duties, such as regulating alcoholic beverages and registering vehicles. The director of the ADFA is the chief fiscal officer of the State of Arkansas.
- Department of Health
The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) exercises supervision over all matters pertaining to the health of Arkansas’s citizens, from food safety and sanitation to hospitals and medicine. Their mission statement is to protect and improve the health and well-being of all Arkansans.
- Department of Higher Education
The Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) is responsible for carrying out the policy directives of the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board (AHECB), approving and reviewing college and university academic programs and developing funding recommendations for the state’s 11 public universities and 22 public two-year colleges as well as several other post-secondary entities.
- Department of Human Services
The Arkansas Department of Human Services (ADHS) is the largest of the state’s agencies. It performs and oversees a variety of services for the citizens of Arkansas, including regulating nursing homes and childcare facilities, operating human development centers for the state’s mentally challenged residents, conducting adoption and foster home programs, and providing mental health services.
- Department of Information Systems
The Department of Information Systems is the information technology solutions provider for the State of Arkansas. It maintains the government’s telecommunication services and ensures connectivity and security among the various state agencies by providing services from telephony and data networking to technical consulting to the public entities that serve Arkansas citizens.
- Department of Labor
The mission of the Arkansas Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the health, safety and welfare of the wage earners of Arkansas by providing services and enforcing laws to improve working conditions and enhance their opportunities for safe and profitable employment. It is the agency responsible for enforcing the state’s labor laws.
- Department of Parks and Tourism
The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism (ADPT) manages the state’s fifty-two state parks and promotes the state of Arkansas as a tourist destination for people around the country. The official Arkansas Tourism site offers discount vacation packages, Arkansas maps, travel blogs, RSS feeds and much more.
- Department of Rural Services
The Arkansas Department of Rural Services (ADRS) was created “to serve as a single point of contact for all organizations and individuals with a desire to enhance the quality of life” for the state’s rural citizens.” To that end, the agency provides grants to facilitate improvements in rural communities, funds research on solutions to problems faced by such communities, and conducts information sharing through a variety of regional forums and the annual Arkansas Rural Development Conference.
- Department of Workforce Services
The Department of Workforce Services (ADWS) is the state agency responsible for providing job-related services to unemployed state residents, such as coordinating training and educational opportunities, processing unemployment insurance claims, and connecting job seekers with employment opportunities in the state. ADWS maintains records on unemployment insurance, employment service, workforce investment activities, and labor market information.
- Development Finance Authority
ADFA is Arkansas' largest source of low-cost financing for low-to-moderate income housing development, small industries, government, education, agricultural business enterprise & health care.
- Economic Development Commission
The AEDC's mission is to lead statewide economic development, create targeted strategies which produce better paying jobs, promote communities, and support the training and growth of a 21st century skilled workforce. The AEDC's major goals are to stimulate job creation, retention, and capital investment and to support and increase the development capacity of communities. To achieve these goals, the department is organized into several sections: business development, community development, international business development, and research and policy.
- Insurance Department
The primary mission of the Arkansas Insurance Department (AID) is consumer protection through insurer solvency and market conduct regulation, and fraud prosecution and deterrence.
- Rehabilitation Services
A division of the Department of Workforce Education, Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS) has been charged with providing opportunities for Arkansans with disabilities to lead productive and independent lives.
- Science and Technology Authority
The Arkansas Science and Technology Authority (ASTA) was created in 1983. Its mission is to bring the benefits of science and advanced technology to Arkansas. The authority has a board of directors with fourteen members who give it a broad cross section of the state’s population and attitudes. Members represent scientists, educators, manufacturers, and other segments of the private sector.
- Securities Department
The Arkansas Securities Department is responsible for the regulation of the securities industry in the state, to protect the financial well being of Arkansas citizens, and promote an environment where the financial and capital markets function efficiently and without unnecessary regulatory impediments. The Arkansas Securities Department also regulates mortgage loan companies, money services companies, foreign savings and loan banks, state chartered credit unions, and state chartered savings and loan associations. The Arkansas Securities Department is responsible for the registration of securities brokerage firms, their salesmen, and the securities they sell, such as stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. To protect the Arkansas investor, the Arkansas Securities Department is responsible for the investigation of investor complaints and the enforcement of Arkansas securities statutes and rules.
- State Bank Department
The State Bank Department's mission statement is to provide a legal and regulatory structure for Arkansas that provides the public with convenient, safe and competitive banking, which allows for economic development within this State.
- State Highway and Transportation Department
The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) oversees the planning, maintenance, and policing of state roads and highways. AHTD oversees a number of programs related to Arkansas roads, including the Scenic Byways Program, Historic Bridges Program, and Wildflower Program. AHTD also provides funding for the construction and maintenance of recreational trails for both motorized and non-motorized transport.
- State Library
- State Police
The Arkansas State Police is the state’s primary statewide law enforcement agency. Its primary functions are criminal investigation, traffic safety, and highway patrol. The State Police’s main headquarters are located in Little Rock (Pulaski County), with the highway patrol organized into twelve regional “troops,” each commanded by a captain, and the criminal investigation division organized into six regional “companies,” each commanded by a lieutenant.
Arkansas Boards and Commissions
- Arkansas Arts Council
The Arkansas Arts Council advances the arts in Arkansas by providing services and grants-in-aid supporting arts endeavors that encourage and assist literary, performing and visual artists in achieving standards of professional excellence. In addition, the Arkansas Arts Council provides technical and financial assistance to Arkansas arts organizations and other providers of cultural and educational programs.
- Arkansas Fire Prevention Commission
The Arkansas Fire Prevention Commission is made up of fire prevention professionals, volunteers, and members of the general public that have a sincere wish to stop the loss of life and property to fire and fire related incidents. The AFPC serves as a voice for current fire prevention issues and as an advisory body to others involved in fire and life safety in Arkansas.
- Arkansas Forestry Commission
The Arkansas Forestry Commission works to protect and develop the forest resources of Arkansas by preventing and suppressing wildfires, monitoring and promoting forest health, and encouraging reforestation and forest resource stewardship.
- Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission plays an important role in keeping The Natural State true to its name. Over the past 100 years, the agency has overseen the protection, conservation and preservation of various species of fish and wildlife in Arkansas. This is done through habitat management, fish stocking, hunting and fishing regulations, and a host of other programs conducive to helping Arkansas’ wildlife flourish.
- Arkansas State Medical Board
The Arkansas State Medical Board is charged by the General Assembly to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the people of the State of Arkansas with the goal that all citizens are provided with the highest quality health care. The Arkansas State Medical Board was established by the Medical Practices Act, Act 65 of 1955 and Act 289 of 1957 from which the Board is empowered to license and regulate the practice of medicine.
- Public Service Commission
The Arkansas Public Service Commission will be a proactive, solutions oriented agency that maximizes customer value and enhances the economic environment of the state by: ensuring safe, reliable and reasonably priced utility distribution service; educating customers to make independent and informed choices; and ensuring the fair and equitable ad valorem assessment and equalization of public utility and carrier property.
- Workers' Compensation Commission
The Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission (AWCC) and the laws it administers were created effective December 5, 1940. The AWCC is not an insurance company. Rather, it enforces the workers' compensation laws to ensure that all covered employers secure insurance coverage from commercial carriers or through self-insurance programs. In addition, the AWCC regulates workers' compensation awards to insure that benefit providers make correct and timely payments to eligible claimants.