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Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
Budget requests considered
Posted Tuesday, October 14, at 1:01 PM
In our first week of pre-session budget hearings we have heard proposals from over 30 state boards. These boards oversee everything from the medical profession to vehicle towing operations. Before hearing from a board or agency director we are given a history of the organization, the most recent audit findings, the number of contracts the board has awarded to minorities and an employment summary. We have provided you access to the same information on our website www.arkansashouse.org...

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Community involvement by leaders
Posted Tuesday, November 12, at 3:41 PM

n we one took an oath to serve, we recognized that meant more than pressing our red or green button to vote. It means being involved in our community. That is just part of the reason why the 89th General Assembly began a series of events this year designed to not only let the public see that members of both parties can work as a team, but to also give back to the communities we serve...

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Legislative Report
Posted Tuesday, September 3, at 11:54 AM

This week, members learned more about where we stand on the biggest issue that was before us during the recent legislative session. That is the implementation of the Health Care Independence Act, also known as the "private option." Dr. Andy Allison, the director of Medical Services with the Department of Human Services addressed the Public Health, Welfare, and Labor Committee. ...

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Sales tax holiday
Posted Tuesday, July 23, at 9:06 AM

As many Arkansas families are gearing up to head back to school, we want to remind you to take advantage of a tax break provided by the legislature. The first weekend of August is a sales tax holiday. This means state and local taxes are not collected or paid on the purchase of certain items typically needed for the classroom...

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General Assembly balanced a $4.9 billion budget
Posted Tuesday, April 30, at 4:21 PM

This is one of the longest sessions on record, but the work this General Assembly tackled in 100 days is truly remarkable. We passed a one of a kind health care reform measure, an economic incentive package to create 500 jobs in the Delta, and one of the largest tax reductions in state history...

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Historic Week for the General Assembly
Posted Tuesday, April 23, at 10:13 AM

This was a historic week for the General Assembly. Not only did we pass a one of a kind health care reform measure, but we also passed one of the largest tax cut packages in state history. The bill to appropriate the funding for the Health Care Independence Act passed the House on Tuesday with a vote of 77-23...

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Issues of the week
Posted Tuesday, April 16, at 5:43 PM

Economic development, constitutional amendments, and healthcare were just three of the big issues before us in the 13th week of the session. We began this week with a historic vote. For the first time in the state's history, the House approved a measure to support a major economic development with loans backed by General Revenue. SB820 has been signed by the Governor and is now Act 1084...

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Legislative update
Posted Tuesday, April 9, at 1:04 PM

Nearly three months ago, all 100 of us from different geographic regions across our state gathered for the first time with a single purpose. That purpose was to make Arkansas a better place to work and live. We may all have different ideas on how that is best accomplished, but as we are now in the final weeks the focus of the session narrows. Healthcare and education are part of that narrowing focus and continued purpose...

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Pre-filing begins
Posted Tuesday, January 22, at 11:02 AM

The sights and sounds of the holiday season are everywhere you turn inside the Capitol right now. But members of the 89th General Assembly are not taking a break for the holiday just yet. Pre-filing began on November 15. In the House, 15 bills and one resolution were filed in the first month. One bill and one resolution were filed in the Senate...

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House seeks to conserve
Posted Tuesday, December 11, at 1:18 PM

Paper is the most common form of waste today. Much of it can be recycled, but that still means energy has to be used to reprocess it. Using less paper means saving energy and saving trees. And that's exactly what we are striving to do at the House...

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Legislative Report
Posted Tuesday, December 4, at 2:21 PM

Imagine being accepted to a college or university only to find out that many of your first classes will not count toward your degree. This scenario happens to at least 30 percent of college freshmen in Arkansas every year when ACT scores reveal the need for further instruction in basic subjects such as reading and math...

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Legislative Update
Posted Tuesday, November 27, at 11:01 AM

Earlier this year we told you about new way of learning in Arkansas classrooms. Common Core has now been implemented in grades K-8 in all Arkansas schools. The Common Core standards are designed to have all of our students college and career ready upon graduation...

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Legislative Report
Posted Tuesday, November 20, at 11:37 AM

Babe Ruth once said that the way a team plays as a whole determines its success. He added that although you may have the greatest bunch of individual stars, they won't be worth a dime if they don't work together. In this scenario, what holds true for baseball holds true for public service. Growth for Arkansas will not be by chance. It will come by working together...

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Legislative Report
Posted Tuesday, November 13, at 4:39 PM

Arkansans had some very important and tough decisions to make at the voting booth last week. One of which was who you wanted to represent you and your 29,158 neighbors in your district at the House of Representatives. The 83 men and 17 women Arkansans elected to serve in the 89th General Assembly gathered for the first time on the House Floor on Friday. Sixty-one are returning members from the 88th General Assembly...

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Legislative Reports
Posted Wednesday, November 7, at 10:25 AM

Election night is just the beginning for those who will be elected to serve in the 89th General Assembly. Just days after the election, newly elected members will gather for the first time on the House floor to make some very important decisions that could shape how laws are passed in 2013...

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Legislative Reports
Posted Tuesday, October 30, at 3:49 PM

As we are now less than two weeks away from the election, we know many of you are paying close attention to local races, ballot issues, and the Presidential debates. We are also hearing from the Secretary of State's office that a significant number of Arkansans have already cast their ballot, taking advantage of early voting...

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