SOS committee holds first meeting | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

SOS committee holds first meeting

Posted By on Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 1:39 PM

COMMITTEE MEMBERS: (From left to right): Tom Bryant, John Scott Bull, Julie Harris, Curtis Coleman, Jim Harris, David Crow. Dan Hebert and Tom Lundstrum are not pictured. Sid Rosenbaum was absent.
  • Gerard Matthews
  • COMMITTEE MEMBERS: (From left to right): Tom Bryant, John Scott Bull, Julie Harris, Curtis Coleman, Jim Harris, David Crow. Dan Hebert and Tom Lundstrum are not pictured. Sid Rosenbaum was absent.

Secretary of State Mark Martin's Review and Implementation Committee met for the first time late this morning. Committee Chairman Curtis Coleman said the committee had been formed to examine current policies and procedures of the Secretary of State's office and to recommend additional policies as needed. He said the main goal of the committee would be to help the office become smaller, smarter and more efficient; more transparent; more responsive to the people of the state; and be more diligent in protecting everyone's right to vote.

Coleman praised Martin, saying "To submit to and invite criticism takes an uncommon individual and someone who is secure." The now eight-member committee (Dan Greenberg removed himself because his wife recently took a job at the Secretary of State's office) was divided into three subcommittees that will work with the office and their staff to come up with policy recommendations. The three subcommittees, Coleman said, would deal with the three major functions of the office: business administration; public relations and educational services; and business and commercial services and elections. The head of each subcommittee will start meeting with Secretary of State deputies soon. Coleman said each subcommittee would work on their own time. A final report will be compiled, hopefully by the end of the year, and will be made open to the public.

When asked if, in the spirit of efficiency, staff reductions were on the table, Coleman said that was a possibility. The full committee will meet infrequently and Coleman said future meetings would "probably" be open to the media although he left himself some room to have closed meetings. It is likely the committee membership will expand. When asked if new members might include those from the other side of the aisle, Coleman said he wasn't really looking at that type of a profile, but rather at candidates with business experience and people for whom small government was a priority. One reporter asked if there was anyone on the committee who wasn't a Republican. One member, David Crow, raised his hand and said he was an independent. Crow is the chair of the Faulkner County Tea Party.

Tags: , , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store


Comments (31)

Showing 1-31 of 31

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-31 of 31

Add a comment

More by Gerard Matthews

Readers also liked…

  • Super Bowl line

    Over to you.
    • Feb 7, 2016
  • Donald Trump declares war on Hillary Clinton's marriage

    Donald Trump gave a remarkable interview to the New York Times yesterday in which he declared open season on the marriage of Bill and Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton's past infidelity. Seems like a loser, but I've been wrong before.
    • Oct 1, 2016
  • Auditor Lea caught not telling the truth

    State Auditor Andrea Lea, who began her tenure in statewide office with a degree of competence unseen in some other Republican counterparts (think Treasurer Dennis Milligan particularly), is becoming more deeply mired in a political scandal.
    • Mar 4, 2016

Most Shared

  • Take yourself there: Mavis Staples coming to LR for Central High performance

    Gospel and R&B singer and civil rights activist Mavis Staples, who has been inspiring fans with gospel-inflected freedom songs like "I'll Take You There" and "March Up Freedom's Highway" and the poignant "Oh What a Feeling" will come to Little Rock for the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of Central High.
  • Klan's president

    Everything that Donald Trump does — make that everything that he says — is calculated to thrill his lustiest disciples. But he is discovering that what was brilliant for a politician is a miscalculation for a president, because it deepens the chasm between him and most Americans.
  • On Charlottesville

    Watching the Charlottesville spectacle from halfway across the country, I confess that my first instinct was to raillery. Vanilla ISIS, somebody called this mob of would-be Nazis. A parade of love-deprived nerds marching bravely out of their parents' basements carrying tiki torches from Home Depot.
  • Lynchings hidden in the history of the Hot Springs Confederate monument

    Hot Springs twice erupted into the kind of violence that has its roots in the issues left unresolved by the Civil War, and both times, it happened right where that monument to Confederate soldiers stands today.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation