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In addition to his or her other duties, the auditor also manages the state's unclaimed property division; it holds such property for three years before depositing that property in the state's general fund.
 
In addition to his or her other duties, the auditor also manages the state's unclaimed property division; it holds such property for three years before depositing that property in the state's general fund.
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==Commissioner of State Lands==
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===Current incumbent===
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*{{reddot}} [[John Thurston]] ''(Likely running)''<ref>[http://www.fox16.com/news/story/Ark-candidates-already-preparing-for-2014-races/3eCakrKHPU2IGKsLlp40Yg.cspx ''Fox 16,'' "Ark. candidates already preparing for 2014 races," accessed August 13, 2013]</ref>
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===Duties===
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The Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands controls all landed interests of the state of Arkansas.<ref>[http://web.lexisnexis.com/research/xlink?app=00075&view=full&interface=1&docinfo=off&searchtype=get&search=A.C.A.+%25A7+22-5-206 ''Arkansas Code of 1987 Annotated Official Edition,'' "A.C.A. § 22-5-206  (2012)," accessed August 13, 2013]</ref> This includes all lands forfeited to the state for payment of taxes.<ref>[http://web.lexisnexis.com/research/xlink?app=00075&view=full&interface=1&docinfo=off&searchtype=get&search=A.C.A.+%A7+22-5-207 ''Arkansas Code of 1987 Annotated Official Edition,'' "A.C.A. § 22-5-207  (2012)," accessed August 13, 2013]</ref> These lands can be sold, or they may be donated to state agencies, state colleges and universities and local governments for public use.<ref name=year1>[http://www.cosl.org/pdf/COSLAR.pdf ''A Snapshot of Excellence, Year One,'' "Donations," accessed August 13, 2013]</ref> If the state claims land and there is dispute about the accuracy of the claim location, the Commissioner of State Lands is in charge of surveying those lands to make an accurate claim for the state.<ref>[http://web.lexisnexis.com/research/xlink?app=00075&view=full&interface=1&docinfo=off&searchtype=get&search=A.C.A.+%A7+22-5-304 ''Arkansas Code of 1987 Annotated Official Edition,''"A.C.A. § 22-5-304  (2012)," accessed August 13, 2013]</ref> The Commissioner's office also is in charge of mineral leasing for most state owned lands and waterways. The Commissioner serves as the chairperson for the Natural Resources Commission. The Commission seeks to benefit the state through land leases while also protecting the environment.<ref name=year1/>
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Additionally, the commissioner has duties pertaining to historical preservation. This includes being in charge of materials (including books, maps, plats, etc.) pertaining to "all internal improvement, seminary, saline, and swamp and overflowed lands." The commissioner also has the responsibility to produce township maps for any township including the previously mentioned land types. These maps can be used by anyone "interested in state lands or desiring to purchase any state lands."<ref>[http://web.lexisnexis.com/research/xlink?app=00075&view=full&interface=1&docinfo=off&searchtype=get&search=A.C.A.+%A7+22-5-208 ''Arkansas Code of 1987 Annotated Official Edition,'' "A.C.A. § 22-5-208  (2012)," accessed August 13, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==

Revision as of 15:06, 14 August 2013


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Arkansas Down Ballot State Executive Elections

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014


Arkansas State Executive Elections
Top Ballot
GovernorLieutenant Governor
Secretary of StateAttorney General
Down Ballot
Treasurer, Auditor, Commissioner of State Lands

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Three down ballot state executive positions are up for election in the state of Arkansas in 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014.

Arkansas is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[1][2][3]

Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running?
Treasurer Charles Robinson
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2013 Ineligible
Auditor Charlie Daniels
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2011 No[4]
Commissioner of State Lands John Thurston
John Thurston.jpg
2011 Yes[5][6]


Treasurer

Current incumbent

Potential candidates

Duties

The office of treasurer acts as the state's "bank"; it accepts and processes all receipts in the form of taxes, fees and other payments to the state, and disburses that money from over 400 fund accounts to over 200 state agencies. In fiscal year 2010, the treasurer's office processed $16.2 billion in receipts and $16.4 billion in state warrants (outlays). The treasurer is also responsible for providing state aid to local governments, which amounted to $1.3 billion in FY 2010. It also supervises the $894 million Arkansas state investment fund, which earned $43.6 million in interest in 2010. The treasurer makes a report "to the governor every biennium on the condition of the treasury and its operations."[8]

Auditor

Current incumbent

Potential candidates

Duties

The auditor acts as the state's general accountant and supervises "all fund and appropriation balances of all state agencies,"[12] in addition to writing the warrants, or checks, used to pay the state's liabilities. The auditor's office ensures the solvency of each state agency and "makes sure each agency appropriation has a sufficient balance before the warrants are released."[12] It also acts as disbursing officer for some federal funds destined for state judicial or legislative actors, including judges, the House of Representatives and the Senate.

The auditor also sits on the State Board of Finance, the Commercial Mobile Radio Services/Emergency Telephone Services Board and the Boards of Continuing Education for County and Circuit Clerks, County Treasurers and County Collectors. He or she is also an ex- officio board member of the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System and the Arkansas Teachers Retirement System.

In addition to his or her other duties, the auditor also manages the state's unclaimed property division; it holds such property for three years before depositing that property in the state's general fund.

Commissioner of State Lands

Current incumbent

Duties

The Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands controls all landed interests of the state of Arkansas.[14] This includes all lands forfeited to the state for payment of taxes.[15] These lands can be sold, or they may be donated to state agencies, state colleges and universities and local governments for public use.[16] If the state claims land and there is dispute about the accuracy of the claim location, the Commissioner of State Lands is in charge of surveying those lands to make an accurate claim for the state.[17] The Commissioner's office also is in charge of mineral leasing for most state owned lands and waterways. The Commissioner serves as the chairperson for the Natural Resources Commission. The Commission seeks to benefit the state through land leases while also protecting the environment.[16]

Additionally, the commissioner has duties pertaining to historical preservation. This includes being in charge of materials (including books, maps, plats, etc.) pertaining to "all internal improvement, seminary, saline, and swamp and overflowed lands." The commissioner also has the responsibility to produce township maps for any township including the previously mentioned land types. These maps can be used by anyone "interested in state lands or desiring to purchase any state lands."[18]

See also

References

  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. thecitywire.com, "Arkansas’ Charlie Daniels to retire from politics," May 6, 2013
  5. Arkansas News Bureau, "Elvis Presley files for Arkansas Land Commissioner," February 27, 2014
  6. Fox 16, "Ark. candidates already preparing for 2014 races," accessed August 13, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 Arkansas Times, "Rep. Duncan Baird announces for state treasurer," July 31, 2013, accessed August 12, 2013
  8. Arkansas State Treasury, "About," accessed June 17, 2011.
  9. thecitywire.com, "Arkansas’ Charlie Daniels to retire from politics," May 6, 2013
  10. Talk Business Arkansas, "Regina Hampton To Seek State Auditor’s Post," July 7, 2013, accessed August 12, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 Times Record, "State Representative Announces As Candidate For Arkansas Auditor," July 2, 2013, accessed August 12, 2013
  12. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named General
  13. Fox 16, "Ark. candidates already preparing for 2014 races," accessed August 13, 2013
  14. Arkansas Code of 1987 Annotated Official Edition, "A.C.A. § 22-5-206 (2012)," accessed August 13, 2013
  15. Arkansas Code of 1987 Annotated Official Edition, "A.C.A. § 22-5-207 (2012)," accessed August 13, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 A Snapshot of Excellence, Year One, "Donations," accessed August 13, 2013
  17. Arkansas Code of 1987 Annotated Official Edition,"A.C.A. § 22-5-304 (2012)," accessed August 13, 2013
  18. Arkansas Code of 1987 Annotated Official Edition, "A.C.A. § 22-5-208 (2012)," accessed August 13, 2013