Important deadline for May 24 primary vote coming up

Important deadline for May 24 primary vote coming up

An important deadline is approaching if you plan on voting in the May 24 Preferential Primary Election and Nonpartisan General Election. If you have not already registered to vote, you have until April 25 to file your voter registration application with your county clerk. If you submit your application close to an election registration deadline,…

Weekly Column from the Arkansas House of Representatives 4-1-22

Weekly Column from the Arkansas House of Representatives 4-1-22

LITTLE ROCK – On Monday of this week, the House and Senate Judiciary Committees met jointly with the Charitable, Penal, and Correctional Institutions subcommittee of the Arkansas Legislative Council. Members reviewed reports from the Department of Corrections concerning the current prison population and recidivism rates. Currently, the recidivism rate for the entire department is 46.1%.…

Weekly Column from the Arkansas House of Representatives 3-18-22

Weekly Column from the Arkansas House of Representatives 3-18-22

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas is a better place today than yesterday because of our teachers.We cannot thank them enough for their work and the difference they make in our children’s lives. If you’ve ever thought about making a difference in the classroom, now is the perfect time to act.The Arkansas Department of Education and Forward…

Weekly Column from the Arkansas House of Representatives 3-11-22

Weekly Column from the Arkansas House of Representatives 3-11-22

LITTLE ROCK – From one-time bonuses to increased funding for safety equipment, the 93rd General Assembly made support for law enforcement a top priority in this fiscal session. Act 224 provides a one-time stipend of $5,000 to full-time certified city and county law enforcement officers as well as probation and parole officers.It also provides for…

Weekly Column from the Arkansas House of Representatives 3-4-22

Weekly Column from the Arkansas House of Representatives 3-4-22

LITTLE ROCK – The Revenue Stabilization Act (RSA) is typically one of the last items passed every session. It categorizes and prioritizes state spending. Members are now reviewing the proposed Revenue Stabilization amendment schedule reflecting the allocation of general revenue funds for Fiscal Year 2023. The proposed amendment outlines $6.02 billion in spending. That is less…

Weekly Column from the Arkansas House of Representatives 2-25-22

Weekly Column from the Arkansas House of Representatives 2-25-22

Little Rock – The House will begin the 3rd week of the 2022 Fiscal Session on Monday. The second week was an abbreviated one due to the federal holiday and winter weather across the state. In addition to several appropriation bills, the House also passed the following pieces of legislation this week: SB87-This bill establishes…

Weekly Column from the Arkansas House of Representatives 2-18-22

Weekly Column from the Arkansas House of Representatives 2-18-22

The 93rd General Assembly is now entering the second week of the 2022 Fiscal Session. The session began with an address by Governor Asa Hutchinson in which he outlined his budget priorities for the next fiscal year. In addition to increases in funding for education and healthcare, the Governor is requesting funding for the Crime…

Weekly Column from the Arkansas House of Representatives 2-11-22

Weekly Column from the Arkansas House of Representatives 2-11-22

On Monday, the 93rd General Assembly will convene at the State Capitol to address the budget for Fiscal Year 2023. Fiscal Sessions began after Arkansas voters approved what would become Amendment 86 in 2008. This will be the 7th Fiscal Session held in state history. Governor Asa Hutchinson is expected to address the General Assembly shortly after we…

Weekly Column from the Arkansas House of Representatives 1-14-22

Weekly Column from the Arkansas House of Representatives 1-14-22

Pre-fiscal budget hearings began this week with the Governor outlining his balanced budget proposal calling for a 3.3% increase in spending.  We will be reviewing the proposal while we continue to hear requests from state agencies and commissions in the days ahead.  As we prepare for the 2022 Fiscal Session, we want to remind you…

Weekly Column from the Arkansas House of Representatives 1-7-22

Weekly Column from the Arkansas House of Representatives 1-7-22

January is known as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. It is a time for us to educate ourselves about human trafficking and learn to spot the signs of trafficking. Human trafficking, also known as trafficking in persons or modern-day slavery, is a crime that involves compelling or coercing a person to provide labor or services or…

Weekly Column from the Arkansas House of Representatives 12-2-21

Weekly Column from the Arkansas House of Representatives 12-2-21

The General Assembly is scheduled to convene for an Extraordinary Session on Tuesday, December 7. The Arkansas Constitution says Extraordinary Sessions, often referred to as special sessions, can only be called by the Governor. The Governor announced this week he is calling the session to address tax cuts and several miscellaneous items of legislation. The…

Small businesses are the heartbeat of our neighborhoods and the lifeblood of our local economy

Small businesses are the heartbeat of our neighborhoods and the lifeblood of our local economy

In Arkansas, small businesses make up the majority of the business landscape, at 99.3% of all businesses in the state. This equates to 258,552 businesses. Small businesses can be found in every corner of our state. Small Business Saturday is the day after Black Friday. It is a day to celebrate and support small businesses…

Weekly Column from the Arkansas House of Representatives 11-12-21

Weekly Column from the Arkansas House of Representatives 11-12-21

Right now, there are about 349 children and teens in Arkansas whose parents’ parental rights have been terminated and are currently seeking a forever family. November is National Adoption Month. It is a time to encourage others to learn about adoption and recognize the many children who are still waiting. Recently, the Division of Children…

Weekly Column from the Arkansas House of Representatives 10-29-21

Weekly Column from the Arkansas House of Representatives 10-29-21

According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 363,781 people in Arkansas, or 14.8% of the adult population, have diabetes. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States and the number one cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputations, and adult blindness. In the last 20 years, the number of adults nationwide diagnosed…