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In This Issue Winter 2021


Features AAC Calendar.......................................................................................6


Governor Expresses Priorities in State of the State Address....11 Task Force Proposals Turn into Bills..............................................22 Sharp County Completes New Detention Center........................32 AAC Photo Recap: County Clerks....................................................36 AAC Photo Recap: County Judges................................................37 AAC Photo Recap: Circuit Clerks...................................................38 AAC Photo Recap: County Sheriffs................................................39 AAC Photo Recap: County Collectors.........................................40


Cover Notes: Backing the Blue


Departments From the Director’s Desk...................................................................7


President’s Perspective......................................................................9 From the Governor............................................................................11 AG Opinions.......................................................................................12 Seems to Me..................................................................................... 14 Governmental Affairs ......................................................................17 Legal Corner......................................................................................18 Litigation Lessons ............................................................................20 Wellness & Safety............................................................................21 News from NACo...............................................................................42


(Photos by Brent Walker)


State Sen. Jason Rapert (pictured on the cover and above left) kicked off a Back the Blue event on the State Capitol steps March 2, 2021. Several bills aimed at improving law enforcement in Arkansas were announced (Read more starting on Page 22). Those bills are currently making their way through the 93rd General Assembly. Present for the event were lawmakers and local and state law enforce- ment officers. Pictured above right are Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, Rep. Les Warren, Rep. Austin McCollum, and Arkansas Sheriffs Association Director Scott Bradley. Pictured at left are Mississippi County Sheriff Dale Cook, Saline County Sheriff Rodney Wright, and Rep. Carol Dalby.


COUNTY LINES, WINTER 2021 5


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