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Twelve Legislators Doing Business with State

LITTLE ROCK, AR - According to the latest financial disclosure reports, at least 12 Arkansas legislators did business with the state last year.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that the amounts ranged from less than $1,000 to nearly $3 million.  State law requires lawmakers to list any goods or services sold to the state during the previous calendar year in excess of $1,000.

At the top of the list, dollarwise, was Senator Percy Malone of Arkadelphia.  He reported renting office space to the Ark. Dept. of Workforce Services for $13,933.  But said he would amend his report to reflect contracts his companies have with the Dept. of Human Services and the Medicaid program.

Malone's business interests have a $25,000-a-year pharmacy services contract and a $200,000-a-year contract with the Arkansas Health Center in Benton.  Malone's firm also was paid $2.89 million last fiscal year to provide prescription drugs covered by Medicaid to about 4,400 Medicaid recipients.

Malone said he made a mistake in only reporting the contracts with the state Dept. of Finance and Administration, and not including the information on his personal finance disclosure statement.

Others who reported doing business with the state were Rep. Barry Hyde (D-North Little Rock), Sen. Tracy Steele (D-North Little Rock), Rep. Johnny Key (R-Mountain Home), Rep. John Lowery (D-El Dorado), Rep. Benny Petrus (D- Stuttgart), Rep. Sid Rosenbaum (R-Little Rock), Rep. Kathy Webb (D-Little Rock), Sen. Kim Hendren (R-Gravette), Rep. Eugene Shelby (D-Hot Springs), Rep. Ed Garner (R-Maumelle), Rep. Bruce Maloch (D-Magnolia).

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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