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Government of Arkansas

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The Government[1] of Arkansas is divided into three branches the Executive branch, the Legislative branch and the Judiciary branch. The Governor is the head of the executive Branch of Arkansas. The Legislative Branch of Arkansas consists of the House of Representative and the State Senate. The Supreme Court of Arkansas looks after all the judicial decisions of the state.

The Executive Branch of Arkansas


The Executive Branch of Arkansas consists of The Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Auditor, Secretary of State, Commissioner of State Lands and State Treasurer.

The Governor is the head of the Executive Branch. The Governor of Arkansas is the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces. He has also the power to enforce state laws, and to either approve or veto bills passed by the Legislature of Arkansas.

Contact Details
State Capitol Room 250
500 Woodlane Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone no: (501) 682-2345
Website: http://governor.arkansas.gov/

The Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas is the second highest elected official in the State. The Lieutenant Governor presides also serves as the President of the Senate. He serves as the Governor when the governor is out of state, removed from office, is impeached, dies or is otherwise unable to discharge the duties of the office.

Contact DetailsSeal of Arkansas
Arkansas Lieutenant Governor
State Capitol, Suite 270
Little Rock, AR 72201-1061
Phone no: 501-682-2144
Fax: 501-682-2894
Website: http://ltgovernor.arkansas.gov/

The Attorney General of Arkansas is the chief law enforcement officer and chief consumer advocate of the state.

Contact Details
Attorney General's Office
323 Center Street, Suite 200
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone no: (501) 682-2007
Website: http://www.ag.arkansas.gov/

The Auditor of Arkansas is the general accountant for the State. He keeps track of the fund and appropriation balances of all the agencies of the state.

Contact Details
Auditor of State
1401 West Capitol Avenue, Suite 325
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone no: 501-682-6030
Website: http://auditor.ar.gov/Pages/default.aspx

The Secretary of the State looks after the following divisions: Business and Commercial Services Division, Business Office, Capitol Facilities, Communications and Education Division, Elections Division, Executive Division, Human Resources, Information and Technology Division, Legal Division, Public Affairs Division, State Capitol Gift Shop and State Capitol Police.

Contact Details
Arkansas Secretary of State
State Capitol, Suite 256
500 Woodlane Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone no: 501-682-1010
Website: http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/Pages/default.aspx

The Treasurer of Arkansas is the Chief Financial Officer of the state overseeing the investment and banking functions of the state.

Contact Details
Arkansas State Treasury
Arkansas State Capitol
500 Woodlane Street, Suite 220
Little Rock, AR 72201
Email:501-682-5888
Website: http://www.artreasury.gov/

The Legislative Branch of Arkansas


The Arkansas House of Representatives, along with the Arkansas Senate, comprises the legislative branch[2] of government of Arkansas.

The House of Representatives of Arkansas comprises of 100 members that are elected from 100 districts. The members are appointed on a one-person, one-vote basis. The members are elected for two-year terms. The Speaker is the presiding officer of the house who is elected every two years by the membership.

Contact DetailsArkansas House of Representative
Arkansas House of Representatives
State Capitol
500 Woodlane St. Suite 350
Little Rock, AR 72201-1089
Website: http://www.arkansashouse.org/

The State Senate comprises of 35 members and each represents a district about 83,000 people. The members of the state senate are elected for four-year terms. The President is the presiding officer of the Senate and in his absence; President Pro Tempore presides over the senate.

Contact Details
Arkansas Senate
State Capitol
500 Woodlane St. Ste 320
Little Rock, AR 72201-1090
Website: http://www.arkansas.gov/senate/index.html

Judiciary branch of Arkansas


The Judiciary branch of Arkansas applies law and regulations and also ensures justice in the state. The Judicial Branch of Arkansas consists of the Arkansas Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Arkansas Circuit Courts and District courts.

The Supreme Court of Arkansas is the highest court in the state. According to the states present constitution the court has three Arkansas Supreme Court judges. The Arkansas Supreme Court’s jurisdiction and power is controlled by Amendment 80 and 2 of the Arkansas Constitution.

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The Arkansas Court of Appeals was formed in the year 1978 by Amendment 58 to the Constitution of Arkansas. The Court of Appeals of Arkansas is the intermediate appellate court for the state of Arkansas.

Read more: Arkansas Court of AppealsArkansas Supreme Court

Circuit courts of Arkansas are general jurisdiction trial courts of the state. The Arkansas Circuit courts consist of five subject matter divisions which are: criminal, probate, civil, relations, domestic and juvenile.

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The District courts of Arkansas are the courts of limited jurisdiction of the state.The state has two types of district courts which are : State district courts and Local district courts.

Read more: District courts of Arkansas

Contact Details
Arkansas Justice Building
625 Marshall Street, Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone no: 501-682-9400 (AOC)

Taxes in Arkansas


The Department of Finance and Administration of Arkansas is responsible to collect tax in order to support the provisions of public services. The individuals and corporations of Arkansas are required to pay taxes or fee charges to both levels of government state as well local. Major Taxes[3] administered by the Department of Finance and Administration of Arkansas are:

  • Individual Income tax
  • Property Tax
  • State Sales and Use Tax
  • State Reduced Food TaxArkansas Taxes
  • State Electricity Manufacturing Tax
  • State Manufacturing Utility Tax
  • Aviation Sales and Use Tax
  • Mixed Drink Tax
  • Additional Mixed Drink Tax
  • Liquor Excise Tax

Arkansas Government Agencies


Under the leadership of the Governor of Arkansas, many state agencies administer and manage different departments of the state. The main state agencies of Arkansas are:

Arkansas Agriculture DepartmentArkansas Agriculture Department

The Department is responsible for the development and implementation of programs and policies for the state agriculture and forestry to keep its ranchers and farmers competitive in national and international markets and also making sure safe fiber, food and forest products for the people of the state as well as the nation.

Contact Details
Arkansas Agriculture Department
1 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone no: 501-683-4851
Fax: 501-683-4852
Website: http://aad.arkansas.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Arkansas Department of Education

 Arkansas Department of Education

The Department is a government service agency that gives resources, leadership and technical support to school districts, schools, and educators.

Contact Details
Arkansas Department of Education
Office of Communications
Four Capitol Mall, Room 403-A
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone no: 501-682-4475
Website: http://www.arkansased.gov/

Arkansas Department of Health Arkansas Department of Health

The primary aim of the department is to protect and improve the health and well-being of the people of the state. The vision of the department is optimal health for all the people of Arkansas and to achieve maximum economic, personal and social impact.

Contact Details
Arkansas Department of Health
4815 West Markham Street
Little Rock, Arkansas 72205
Phone no: 1-501-661-2000
Website: http://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Arkansas Department of State Highway and TransportationArkansas Department of State Highway and Transportation

The Department is responsible to develop, operate and maintain efficient, safe and effective highway and transportation systems.

Contact Details
P.O. Box 2261, Little Rock,
Arkansas 72203
Phone no: (501) 569-2374
Website: http://www.arkansashighways.com/index.aspx

Arkansas Department of Labor

Arkansas Department of Labor

The Department of Labor of Arkansas is dedicated to promote, develop and foster the safety, health and welfare of the wage earners of the state by giving services and making laws to enhance their opportunities for safe and profitable employment and improve working conditions.

Contact Details
Postal address: 10421 West Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone no: 501-682-4500
Website: http://www.labor.ar.gov/Pages/default.aspx


References:
  1. Government of Arkansas
  2. Arkansas General Assembly
  3. Taxes in Arkansas
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