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LR board members discuss potential mayor salary increase

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Little Rock Board of Directors is split on a proposal to raise Mayor Mark Stodola's salary by nearly $20,000.

The proposal comes from a state statute indicating that a mayor's salary should be comparable to the highest paid municipal employee with similar duties, but board member Ken Richardson isn't comfortable with the language in the statute.

"At some point in time, are we comparing the mayor's salary to the city manager's salary, or are we comparing it to the airport chief's salary or the CEO of wastewater's salary?" asked the second term member. "I think we need to slow down and take our time and think this through and make sure we're making the best decision, and it's gonna be a sagacious decision at best."

Carter appoints health insurance board

Carter appoints health insurance board

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter (District 43-Cabot) announced three appointments to the Board of the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace.

The 89th General Assembly passed Act 1500 which creates the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace.  The legislation also creates the Board of Directors which will plan and administer a new online site designed for individuals to find health coverage.  The Board will hire the Executive Director and necessary staff.

          The Act requires the Speaker of the Arkansas House to appoint three individuals to the Board.  Speaker Carter has appointed Sherrill Wise of Little Rock, Dr. Jerry Jones of Cabot, and Greg Hatcher of Little Rock.

Beebe appoints 26 to boards and commissions

Beebe appoints 26 to boards and commissions

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following education appointment:

Diane Zook, Melbourne, to the State Board of Education. Appointment expires June 30, 2020. Replaces Jim Cooper.

Governor Beebe also announced the following appointments to boards and commissions:

Daniel Bryant, North Little Rock, reappointed to the State Board of Barber Examiners. Appointment expires June 30, 2019.

Rhonda Cole, Arkadelphia, reappointed to the State Board of Election Commissioners. Appointment expires May 28, 2017.

Mary Dillard, Farmington, to the Arkansas History Commission. Appointment expires January 14, 2020. Replaces Dorathy Boulden.

Sandra Edwards, North Little Rock, reappointed to the Board of the Division of State Services for the Blind. Appointment expires June 30, 2017.

Attorney: Secretary of State Office not complying with FOI Act

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A Little Rock attorney filed a formal complaint against the Secretary of State's office.

Matthew Campbell claims Mark Martin's office is not complying with the Freedom of Information Act. Campbell said while looking into money, Martin's office reportedly spent to hire outside attorneys, and Campbell requested copies of several emails.

Campbell said some of the attachments were missing and other messages given to him were printed copies and not sent in the original electronic form.

"The documents in this specific instance pertain to two wrongful terminations, discrimination cases and they've hired a law firm to defend the Secretary of State's Office in those cases. As to why they've spent over $100,000 on other attorneys, I haven't looked into yet," added Campbell.

THV 11 contacted the Secretary of State's Office for their response but was told they have not seen the complaint yet.

Bean, Denery appointed to Board of Health marketplace

Bean, Denery appointed to Board of Health marketplace

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Senate Info Office) - Senator Michael Lamoureux of Russellville, the President Pro Tem of the Senate, announced three appointments Monday to the Board of the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace.

They are:  Steve Faris of Malvern, a Lottery Commissioner and former state senator and representative; Fred Bean of Little Rock, president of Bean Hamilton Corporate Benefits; and John Denery of Little Rock, executive vice president and director of life and health for Stephens Insurance.

Act 1500 of 2013 creates the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace and authorizes the President Pro Tem to make three appointments. Faris, who was appointed to an eight-year term, will represent small employers and Bean will represent health insurers.  Bean was appointed to a six-year term and Denery to a four-year term.  Future appointments will be for six-year terms.

Governor Beebe's Schedule for June 20 - 25

Governor Beebe's Schedule for June 20 - 25

Thursday, June 20

11:00 a.m.

Governor Beebe hosts a Legion of Honor presentation with French officials

Governor's Conference Room, State Capitol, Little Rock

 

Friday, June 21

9:00 a.m.

Governor Beebe addresses the Disabled American Veterans State Convention

Wyndham Riverfront Hotel, 2 Riverfront Place, North Little Rock

 

12:00 p.m.

Governor Beebe addresses the Leadership Greater Little Rock Class Graduation

Embassy Suites, 11301 Financial Centre Parkway, Little Rock

 

Tuesday, June 25

10:15 a.m.

Governor Beebe appears on the "Young Arkansans Ask:  Governor Mike Beebe" television program

Staples Auditorium, Hendrix College, Conway

Pryor welcomes summer interns

Pryor welcomes summer interns

Pryor Welcomes Arkansas Summer Interns