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Mid-November said Board’s Goal for Redrawn Arkansas House, Senate Districts

by Stephen Simpson, NWA Online September 27, 2021 While the Legislature gets ready to vote on congressional redistricting bills this week, the state’s Board of Apportionment’s staff is working toward getting the proposed legislative district maps drawn as soon as possible for public comment. Betty Dickey, the coordinator of the Board of Apportionment and a former

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Arkansas lawmakers propose congressional redistricting bills that would split Pulaski County

by Rachel Herzog, NWA Online September 23, 2021 As Arkansas lawmakers develop ideas for redrawing congressional district boundaries, splitting the state’s most populous county emerged in multiple proposals filed this week. The Arkansas Legislature is set to be called into extended regular session, starting Wednesday, to consider legislation to reconfigure the state’s four congressional districts based

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DIS

New Arkansas Cyber Advisory Council Already Assessing, Responding to Risks

September 17, 2021 The mission of the new council, appointed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson in early summer, is to identify cybersecurity risks in Arkansas and to manage such threats. The council, which has met once so far, reports findings and recommendations to the governor, but such details are not released to the public for security purposes. Jonathan

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Employee Benefits

Funding Rises floated for 2 Insurance Plans in State

by Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette September 17, 2021 A consultant Thursday recommended annual increases in funding for health insurance plans for public school and state employees and retirees, with the state shouldering more of the future increased costs than the employees contribute. The rise in state funding needs to outpace future increases in employee premiums

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Government Experience Awards 2021 Winners Announced

By: Janet Grenslitt, GovTech September 15, 2021 The Center for Digital Government (CDG) today announced the winners of the fifth annual Government Experience Awards. The awards recognize the achievements and best practices of states, cities and counties that are radically improving the experience of government and pushing the boundaries of how citizen services are delivered. Top

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GIS

School Board Members Must Be From Zones

by Annette Beard, Pea Ridge Times, NWA Online Taking the first step for zoning of the Pea Ridge School District, School Board members were to decide Monday, Sept. 13, whether to have five or seven districts. As a result of the percentage of minority population within the district revealed in the 2020 census, the district must

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3rd Quarter GIS Board Meeting – September 15th, 2021 @ 10:00AM via Zoom

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Arkansas CTO Askins on Running Government Like a Business

By: Lauren Harrison, GovTech September 2021 Jonathan Askins took over as Arkansas chief technology officer and director of the state’s Division of Information Systems (DIS) at the end of 2020. While his career has primarily been in private industry, he has worked periodically on state initiatives, most recently as vice-chair of Arkansas’ Data Transparency Commission. GT talked to Askins in

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