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Covid-19 House Rules

2021-02-03T20:15:41+00:00 Jan 13th, 2021|Summaries|

The House Rules committee advanced resolutions outlining new rules and changes to procedure due to COVID-19. HR1005 requires members, staff, and the public to wear a mask when accessing House properties, including the House Chamber. Limited exceptions such as when a member is recognized to speak are included in the resolution. HR1005 also outlines options [...]

Committee Assignments

2021-02-03T20:13:56+00:00 Jan 11th, 2021|Summaries|

House members elected to serve in the 93rd General Assembly took the oath of office in the House Chamber this afternoon. Upon swearing-in, members then voted to name Rep. Matthew J. Shepherd of El Dorado as the Speaker of the Arkansas House. This will be his second full term to serve as Speaker. Speaker Shepherd [...]

Happy New Year

2021-01-06T16:51:47+00:00 Dec 31st, 2020|In the News|

While we prepare to enter a new year and begin the 2021 Regular Session, we want to take a moment to review what has been taking place at the State Capitol in 2020. Some of the work accomplished in 2020 lays the foundation for future legislation. In April, the House convened for an Extraordinary Session [...]

Your 93rd General Assembly

2021-01-06T16:42:53+00:00 Dec 23rd, 2020|In the News|

Arkansas’ legislature is considered a part-time citizen legislature. Most House members have a full-time career in addition to their legislative obligations. Members typically come from a wide range of professional backgrounds and the 93rd General Assembly is no exception. The state’s largest industry is well represented as 7 members will bring an agricultural background to [...]

Income Tax Withholding Change

2021-01-06T16:39:49+00:00 Dec 18th, 2020|In the News|

Arkansans may see an increase in the amount of their paychecks next year. The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) announced this week that the income tax withholding tables will change effective January 1, 2021. DFA says this change is not a tax increase or cut, but with the law change that reduces the [...]

Redistricting

2021-01-06T16:36:22+00:00 Dec 12th, 2020|In the News|

One of the many legislative issues that will be before us in the 2021 Regular Session is redistricting. Redistricting is an important part of our democracy. It is required by law once every ten years after the Federal Census. There are two separate processes for redistricting in Arkansas. One process is redrawing legislative boundaries for [...]

93rd General Assembly

2021-01-06T16:33:28+00:00 Dec 4th, 2020|In the News|

This week, members elected to the 93rd General Assembly convened in the House chamber. The purpose of the organizational meeting was to determine seniority, select seats in the chamber, and select committees. The vast majority of bills introduced during the session are assigned to a standing committee. We have posted the tentative standing committee assignments [...]

Thank You Healthcare Workers

2020-12-03T19:08:26+00:00 Nov 25th, 2020|In the News|

The dedication of our doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals is nothing short of heroic. They are saving lives, easing pain, and creating a better future for Arkansas. These individuals continue to come into work every day, despite the risks they face. During this season of thanksgiving, we want to send a special thank you to [...]

Thanksgiving

2020-12-03T19:06:31+00:00 Nov 20th, 2020|In the News|

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase across the state, the Arkansas Department of Health reminds Arkansans that the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people who live with you. While the number of people around your table may be smaller this year, we want to take [...]