TOPIC: 2021 Arkansas Legislative Session: What's in? What's out? What's all the fuss about?
June 30, 2021
Join Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C. on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. (CST) for an Environmental Insights Webinar on the Arkansas Legislature’s 2021 session.
The Arkansas General Assembly concluded the 2021 legislative session in late April and included several bills touching on issues of agriculture, environment, energy, and natural resources. Some bills made it to law. Some did not. Randy Thurman of Government Solutions, LLC will join Mitchell Williams’ attorneys Morril Harriman and Jordan Wimpy in a virtual roundtable discussion of the 2021 session. With more than 20-combined years in the General Assembly, Randy and Morril will share stories and perspective as they discuss the recent session’s activities and offer insight on some of the bills affecting the Natural State’s environment and resources.
About the Panelists:
Randy Thurman served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1989-1994 representing the residents of parts of Cleburne, White and Van Buren Counties in north central Arkansas. He subsequently was the Executive Director of the Arkansas Environmental Federation for 20 years, working with over 200 of the state’s largest industrial, energy and utility companies on environmental advocacy and education. In 1998, he co-founded Government Solutions, LLC, with long-time lobbyist Bill Brady. Although Randy retired from the AEF in 2013, he continues as a partner in Government Solutions with Courtney Sheppard, a former House member from El Dorado. GS is a contract lobbying firm with a dozen clients that specializes in government procurement, healthcare issues, IT, industrial and utility concerns, transportation, timber, bromine, oil and gas production, several professional associations and of course, environmental issues. He has served as a member of the Board and President of the Arkansas Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Arkansas Society of Professional Lobbyists (ASPL). He has volunteered for over two decades with the Global Ties Arkansas initiative to welcome foreign leaders, business people and NGO directors to the U.S. and Arkansas, promoting “diplomacy one handshake at a time.”
Morril Harriman focuses his practice on government relations. He advises clients in their dealings with the Arkansas Legislature, legislative committees, state regulatory agencies and other governmental bodies. Morril has decades of experience in public service having served for 16 years in the Arkansas State Senate and eight years as Chief of Staff for Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe. He served for six years as president of The Poultry Federation, a multi-state trade association. In addition, Morril has 25 years of experience in private law practice.
Jordan Wimpy is a member of the Environmental Practice Group of Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard. He currently chairs the Agricultural Management Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources. He is Secretary of the Arkansas Bar Association’s Agricultural Law Section and past chair of the Environmental Law Section. Jordan is also a member of the 2021 cohort of the Environmental Law Institute’s Emerging Leaders Initiative. Jordan regularly represents trade associations, utilities, and business clients in administrative rulemaking matters and all aspects of environmental permitting, compliance, and enforcement processes.
The webinar is free but space is limited and registration is required REGISTER HERE. The webinar has been approved for 1.00 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit by the Arkansas Continuing Legal Education Board.
For more information please contact Jennifer Young at firstname.lastname@example.org or (501) 370-7744.