Arkansas Gov. Signs Various Bills into Law

Arkansas, ethics, lobbying

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed several bills into law.

Senate Bill 249 increases the fines for violating ethics laws the Arkansas Ethics Commission may levy at violators from $2,000 to $3,500.

Senate Bill 256 prohibits an elected state official from registering as a lobbyist in any jurisdiction while serving as an elected state official and House Bill 1178 amends various sections of law related to competitive sealed bids.

The bills will become effective 90 days after the legislative session adjourns sine die.