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Thursday, Mar. 23, 2017
House moves forward an bills
Posted Tuesday, March 21, at 8:24 AM
We are now in the final weeks of the legislative session. Committees and House floor proceedings have been meeting for extended hours the last several days to hear as many bills as possible before we adjourn. This week, the House moved forward legislation impacting education funding, juvenile sentencing, tax deductions and even speed limits...

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Criminal Justice Efficiency and Safety Act passed
Posted Tuesday, March 14, at 11:02 AM

This week, the House passed the Criminal Justice Efficiency and Safety Act. Days later it was signed into law by the Governor. We expect this bill to have a tremendous impact not only in our prison overcrowding situation, but also in the way we treat mental health for Arkansans in a crises...

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House addresses education issues
Posted Tuesday, March 7, at 2:41 PM

When it comes to K-12 education, this session the House has addressed everything from school bus safety to reading proficiency. Act 246 increases the minimum amount a school district can pay a teacher. It increases the minimum amount by $400 for the next school year. ...

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Small business grant act passed
Posted Tuesday, February 28, at 9:28 AM

This session, the House has passed a number of bills aimed at not only creating jobs, but sustaining them and ensuring our workforce is ready. Act 166 creates a state matching grant for small businesses that have received a federal Small Business Innovation Research grant...

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Domestic violence laws addressed
Posted Monday, February 20, at 3:25 PM

According to the National Coalition for Domestic Violence, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. In an effort to combat domestic violence in our state, we evaluate our laws throughout the year. The Regular Session provides us an opportunity to strengthen our existing laws and add new protections...

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House Constitutional Issues subcommittee to hear proposed amendments
Posted Tuesday, February 14, at 9:45 AM

On Wednesday of next week, the House Constitutional Issues Subcommittee will begin hearing proposed amendments to our state's constitution. Our state constitution was written in 1874. But a government's needs can change over time. Arkansans have responded by approving 98 amendments...

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Change in higher education funding presented
Posted Tuesday, February 7, at 9:39 AM

The State of Arkansas is home to over 40 institutions of higher education, including 10 four-year universities, 22 two-year colleges, 12 private universities and 1 academic health center. Currently, the state supported institutions are funded based on enrollment...

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House passes income tax reduction
Posted Tuesday, January 31, at 10:07 AM

The House began this week by passing an income tax reduction for Arkansans making less than $21,000 a year. In a vote of 90-2, with 5 members voting present, the House passed HB1159 also known the Tax Reform and Relief Act of 2017. The legislation passed this week creates a legislative task force to explore future tax reform. The task force is required to complete a report by September 1, 2018. The report will include proposals for tax cuts and job growth...

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House takes steps to eliminate waiting list
Posted Tuesday, January 24, at 9:07 AM

Currently there are 3,000 Arkansans with intellectual or developmental disabilities waiting for community-based or in home services. The needs range from adaptive equipment at home to day treatment programs. This week the House took the first step in an effort to eliminate this waiting list...

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Looking at the budget
Posted Tuesday, January 17, at 10:30 AM

As with every legislative session, one of the greatest challenges we face will be to balance a budget that does not burden tax payers while providing needed services. This year, we will consider tax exemptions for retired military living in our state and competing proposals for other tax reductions...

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From the House of Representatives
Posted Tuesday, January 3, at 9:44 AM

You can never tell where a teacher's influence will end. Teachers inspire us and push us all to our fullest potential. There are over 32,000 such dedicated professionals inspiring our students every day in Arkansas. But if we take a look at young people who are enrolling in educator preparation programs, we know we may be facing a shortage of teachers in years to come. ...

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Legislative update
Posted Tuesday, December 27, at 9:07 AM

The year 2016 proved to be an unusual one for the Arkansas General Assembly. Typically in the even numbered years, we only address the budget during the Fiscal Session. This year, as the Governor called two special sessions, we tackled everything from funding highways to streamlining government...

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Medical Marijuana Commission holds first meeting
Posted Tuesday, December 20, at 9:40 AM

When Arkansans voted in favor of a ballot issue to permit the use of medical marijuana in our state, they also voted in favor of substantial oversight in the distribution. Issue 6, now Amendment 98 to the Arkansas Constitution, directed two state agencies and one newly formed commission to oversee the implementation and regulation...

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House conducts legislative institute
Posted Tuesday, December 13, at 9:28 AM

The 2017 Regular Session begins in less than a month. An effective legislative session depends on much more than the context of the bills. A great deal depends upon all members understanding the legislative rules, procedures, traditions, and resources...

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Mumps cases confirmed
Posted Tuesday, December 6, at 12:56 PM

We are continuing to receive daily updates from the Department of Health concerning the mumps outbreak in Arkansas. The Department of Health is reporting that 43 workplaces, 3 school districts, and 5 colleges/vocational schools have now reported cases...

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More than 2,000 bills filed
Posted Tuesday, November 29, at 10:32 AM

In 2015, legislators filed more than 2,000 bills. Before the session ended, more than a thousand amendments had also been filed. Although Regular Sessions can be extended with a vote by of General Assembly, they are originally scheduled to last 60 days...

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Arkansas Department of Human Services oversaw 700 adoptions
Posted Tuesday, November 22, at 9:04 AM

This year the Arkansas Department of Human Services oversaw the adoption of more than 700 children. But the need for more loving homes is still great. There are another 600 children in our state currently available for adoption. November is National Adoption Month. It's a time to increase awareness and bring attention to the need for permanent families for children and youth in the foster care system...

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House welcomes members-elect
Posted Tuesday, November 15, at 9:45 AM

The House welcomed the members-elect of the 91st General Assembly to the chamber on Thursday. The body of newly elected members includes 19 new faces. We will have 35 members serving a second term and 29 serving a third term. For the first time in over 20 years, the House will have members serving a fourth term. There will be 17 members entering their fourth term for the 91st General Assembly...

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Committee members play key roles in floor debates
Posted Tuesday, November 8, at 9:02 AM

There are a few important events for the House taking place just days after the election. These proceedings will have a significant impact on the 91st General Assembly and ultimately the next legislative session. On Thursday, November 10, a House Caucus will convene in the chamber. The purpose will be two-fold. The first purpose is to determine seniority and seating of members, and the second is to determine who will serve on standing committees and certain select committees...

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STEM jobs growing in state
Posted Tuesday, November 1, at 9:00 AM

Some of the fastest growing occupations in our state are in the field of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM jobs are also among of the highest paid professions in Arkansas. The Department of Workforce Services estimates that we could see over 800 new jobs in computer system design alone in the next two years. ...

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