Monday, October 19, 2009

Capitol Report Fall 2009

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Capitol Report News & Updates from Your State Capitol By Arkansas Secretary of State Charlie Daniels

Each season brings a new area of focus for my staff and me, and summer was our time to step up our outreach programs and construction projects around the State Capitol.


 If you haven't visited the State Capitol lately, you'll notice several areas where construction teams have been hard at work over the summer, especially the lower level passageways. This floor has always been very functional office space with minimal emphasis on cosmetics. As we began making needed repairs, I felt it was important to make the public spaces on this level feel as much a part of the Capitol as the upper floors.

In addition to new carpeting, paint and brighter lighting, we also replaced the badly cracked terrazzo flooring in the central hallways with white quartz tiles. Several offices have been updated to remove obsolete equipment and create more efficient workspace. All the changes have created a more welcoming environment and are enabling staff in several agencies to provide even better services to their constituents.

The summer's outreach programs ranged from educational workshops for election officials and teachers, to displays at business expos and conventions, as well as presentations to community groups. In all, our staff was involved in more than 50 of these events throughout the state this summer.

The programs roll right into fall with our popular Notary Public Seminars. Since we introduced the sessions in 2005, more than 2,000 notaries public have attended the free continuing education workshops. We'll be hosting seminars in 20 counties around the state through November 20. For the full schedule of dates and locations, visit our website,

My office hosted the Arkansas Sister Cities State Meeting Oct. 1 in Hot Springs. You can also watch for our booth in the Hall of Industry for the Arkansas State Fair Oct. 9-18. We'll be on hand to help you register to vote, answer questions about corporate filings or share information on the new Capitol tours and other educational programs now available.

If you'd like to know more about the programs that are available to you, contact our outreach coordinator at
(501) 683-3702.

Audio Tour Opens Capitol Doors in New Way 

Visitors to the Arkansas State Capitol now have another option for tours, with the introduction of an audio tour, benefiting weekend visitors and, soon, those who speak other languages.

"I'm excited to combine technology with history here at the State Capitol," Secretary Daniels said. "I'm proud that Arkansas will be among only three other states that offer audio tours of its Capitol."

For more of this story, please click here.


Sprucing Up with Fresh Paint, New Floors and More

Continuing renovation and cosmetic work around the Capitol have made work spaces brighter and more efficient.

Fresh paint adorns the ceilings and crown moldings on the building's second floor, as well as the walls, ceiling and molding on the first floor's north and south wings.

Sprucing Up with Fresh Paint, New Floors and More

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2009 Franchise Tax Revenue Up $2 million

In spite of frequent news of rising unemployment and businesses closing, the Secretary of State's Business & Commercial Services division recorded stronger numbers in the 2009 fiscal year than the previous year.

More businesses paid franchise taxes this year, and more met the May 1 deadline to avoid entering "delinquent" status.


For more of this story, please click here.




State Symbol at Work

Rose and Bee

A honey bee, the official state insect, caught in the act in one of the rose gardens earlier this summer.

The rose is a Sunset Celebration located in the rose garden adjacent to Third Street on the Capitol grounds.


Arkansas Reaches Across the Globe through Sister Cities 
 State Meeting Held Oct. 1 in Hot Springs

This October, the Secretary of State's office hosted the
2009 Arkansas Sister Cities State Meeting to bring together community leaders who are interested in building relationships that promote peace and prosperity at home and abroad.

The meeting was held Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Arlington Hotel & Spa in Hot Springs, Ark., sister city to Hanamaki, Japan.


For more of this story, please click here.


Summer Workshops Highlight Field Trips, Lesson Ideas

The Secretary of State's annual teacher workshop series, "Using the State Capitol to Teach," remains a popular resource for teachers.

Conducted throughout the summer at educational cooperatives around the state and at the State Capitol, the workshops provide an overview of the educational materials and resources available from the Secretary of State's office, including voter education materials and programs for grades K-12, Arkansas frameworks-specific civics curriculum for grades K-8, classroom programs for grades K-12 and a teacher information CD with downloadable PDF files of Secretary of State education publications.


For more of this story, please click here.

 Secretary of State's 2009 Summer Interns

Secretary of State Charlie Daniels greeted 18 students who served internships within the Secretary of State's office this summer. The students completed a number of projects and tasks within Elections, Communications and Education, Business and Commercial Services, Gift Shop, Grounds and Building Operations divisions.


To view intern photos, please click here.






Now Available: 2009-2010 Directory

The latest edition of the Directory of Arkansas Elected Officials is now available from the Secretary of State's office. It provides contact information for all of the state's federal, state, district and county officials, as well as city mayors. To order your printed copy, contact the Elections Division at (501) 682-5070.


For more information, please click here.




New Exhibits Honor State Symbols and Heroes

White-tailed deer, mockingbirds and honeybees have been spotted recently on the fourth floor of the State Capitol. No need to be alarmed, however; they're just the stars of a new permanent exhibit on Arkansas symbols.



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The Long-Ago Pause That Refreshed

Any excavation on Capitol Hill produces its share of artifacts, usually brick fragments and other construction debris. One prize from this summer's construction was a clear glass bottle, nearly intact, unearthed near the Granite Mountain boulder on the mall just west of the Capitol. Vintage bottles and bottle fragments found in and around the Capitol were often once containers for liquor or industrial chemicals, but this one once held a more benign liquid: soda water.


For more of this story, please click here.

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