Proposed Revisions to Title 2

ANRC’s Title 2, “Rules Governing Conservation Districts,” provides general operating requirements for districts created under the Conservation District Law, Ark. Code Ann. §14-125-101, et seq.  ANRC assists the districts with carrying out conservation programs and provides funding to the districts. There are three purposes for these revisions.

  • ANRC proposes adding language from Ark. Code Ann. § 14-125-301(a)(1) to Section 211.5 to affirm the current statutory requirement that a candidate for an elected position must reside within the conservation district that he seeks to represent.
  • ANRC is deleting a requirement in Section 214.1 mandating that district directors must attend two, successive, regular quarterly meetings. ANRC is unaware of any quarterly meetings ever being held that would have enabled a director to fulfill this requirement, has never scheduled such meetings, and does not see a need for such meetings.
  • Deletion of language in Section 218.1 removes any duty imposed by the existing rules that requires ANRC to make payment upon behalf of conservation districts to a conservation support organization.  Instead, ANRC will provide each district with funds that were previously withheld for state and national association memberships, and the district can determine whether to use those funds as membership fees.

Public notice for these rules began on March 26 and ended on April 25, 2018.  The Commission received no oral or written comments on the proposed revisions.  On May 16, 2018, the Commission approved going forward with a final draft of these rules pending approval by Arkansas Legislative Council.  The rules will be reviewed by Arkansas Legislative Council in June, and if approved, will be effective July 1, 2018.

To learn more about these rules, please view the Questionnaire and Financial Impact Statement filed with Legislative Council as well as a Mark-Up of the Proposed Revisions.  Language proposed for deletion within this document is struck through like this:  water plan.  New language is underlined.