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
person 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 state “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”. § 19-11-270 A
person who purposely violates state procurement laws, Arkansas Code Title 19,
Chapter 11, upon conviction is guilty of a Class D felony. Class D felonies in Arkansas,
are punishable by up to six years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. (Ark. Code § §
5-4-401, 5-4-201.)