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VOL. 133 | NO. 120 | Friday, June 15, 2018

Arkansas Senate Leaders Propose Ethics Rules Overhaul

The Associated Press

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Senate leaders are calling for an overhaul of the chamber's ethics and conflict-of-interest rules a week after a lawmaker who is also the governor's nephew was implicated in a bribery and corruption probe.

Several top senators Thursday detailed proposed changes to the ethics rules that will come up for a vote next week. The proposals include a requirement that any lawmaker indicted be stripped of leadership positions and the creation of a five-member ethics committee to handle complaints against senators.

A lobbyist who pleaded guilty to federal charges said he bribed a lawmaker identified only as "Senator A" in court documents. Republican Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson's attorney has acknowledged his client is the lawmaker referred to, but has denied the allegations. Hutchinson has not been charged in the probe.

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PROPERTY SALES 69 357 17,741
MORTGAGES 66 403 20,438
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 26 2,671
BUILDING PERMITS 208 696 36,641
BANKRUPTCIES 52 210 11,374
BUSINESS LICENSES 22 115 5,824
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 25 90 6,804
MARRIAGE LICENSES 21 107 4,023