Arkansas House Speaker Suspends Representative Gates

Add Rep. Mickey Gates, R-Hot Springs, to the growing list of Arkansas legislators arrested, indicted or convicted of various crimes in recent months. Gates was arrested Thursday (June 28) for failing to pay income taxes for a reported 14 years.

Gates, who owes $259,841 to the state, surrendered to authorities with the Arkansas State Police Thursday, according to a report from KATV, a content partner with Talk Business & Politics. “Willfully” failing to file tax returns is a class D felony, according to state law.

Arkansas House Speaker Matthew Shepherd, R-El Dorado, said Gates has been suspended from his leadership and committee duties.    MORE

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