Ethics Statement

Ethics: Arkansas Code 19-11-701 thru 19-11-709 addresses ethics in general. 19-11-704, General Standards of Ethical Conduct state that "Any attempt to realize personal gain through public employment by conduct inconsistent with the proper discharge of the employee's duties is a breach of public trust" and " any effort to influence any public employee to breach the standards of ethical conduct set forth in this subchapter is also a breach of ethical standards". 19-11-707 Gratuities and Kickbacks states "It is a breach of ethical standards for any person to offer, give, or agree to give any employee or former employee, or for any employee or former employee to solicit, demand, accept, or agree to accept from another person, a gratuity or an offer of employment in connection with any decision, approval, disapproval, recommendation, preparation of any part of a purchase request, influencing the content of any specifications or procurement standard, rendering of advice investigation, auditing, or in any other advisory capacity in any proceeding or applications, request or ruling, determination, claim, or controversy, or other particular matter, pertaining to any contract or subcontract and any solicitation or proposal therefore".  19-11-70 Penalties states that "Any employee or non-employee who shall knowingly violate any of the provision of this subchapter shall be guilty of a felony and upon convictions shall be fined in any sum not to exceed ten thousand dollars ($10,000) or shall be imprisoned not less than one (1) nor more than five (5) years, or shall be punished by both".