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Historic Flooding and FEMA

2019-07-02T22:49:49+00:00 May 31st, 2019|In the News|

Whether it is rebuilding a family home or planning for the loss of crops, our state will be recovering from these historic floods for months to come. FEMA just recently announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to Arkansas to supplement state and local response efforts. While our emergency management teams across the [...]

Summer Food Service Program

2019-07-02T22:45:07+00:00 May 24th, 2019|In the News|

It is estimated that less than 15 percent of children who qualify for free or reduced-priced school lunches in Arkansas are getting the same high-quality meals in the summer. Children shouldn’t go hungry just because school is out. That is why the Department of Human Services and the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance partner with schools, [...]

Arkansas Rural Development Conference

2019-07-02T22:51:05+00:00 May 17th, 2019|In the News|

In Arkansas, 41% of the population live in rural counties. In contrast, only 14% of the United States population as a whole live in nonmetropolitan counties. Our state is a very rural one, so when we work to expand our economy we must always recognize the challenges that our rural communities face. That is why [...]

Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship

2019-07-02T22:52:10+00:00 May 10th, 2019|In the News|

For students just beginning an education or going back to school, the lottery scholarship offers opportunities to pursue dream careers and secure financial futures. That’s why you should mark July 1 on your calendar. That day is the deadline to apply for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship, which has provided hundreds of millions of dollars [...]

Military Appreciation Month

2019-05-06T21:23:03+00:00 May 3rd, 2019|In the News|

The month of May is designated as Military Appreciation Month. Not only do we pause on Memorial Day to remember the sacrifice and service of those who gave all, but the month also holds Military Spouse Appreciation Day on May 10 and Armed Forces day on May 18. We have more than 3,000 active military [...]

Arkansas Drivers Laws

2019-05-06T21:22:08+00:00 Apr 26th, 2019|Summaries|

Many of the bills passed in the recent session could have a direct impact on your daily commute. The Public Transportation Committee heard testimony on proposals from how fast you can drive to requirements to get your license. Below are just some of the bills that have been signed into law impacting Arkansas drivers: Act [...]

Wildfire Suppression Kits Distributed to Volunteer Fire Departments through Rural Fire Program

2019-05-06T21:20:45+00:00 Apr 19th, 2019|In the News|

LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Rural Fire Program, managed by the Arkansas Agriculture Department’s Forestry Commission (AFC), received $237,000 from the United States Forest Service to purchase and distribute 79 Wildfire Suppression Kits to statewide volunteer fire departments in 2019. Kits feature equipment and gear necessary for the safe suppression of wildfires and will be [...]

Arkansas Tourism

2019-05-06T21:19:50+00:00 Apr 19th, 2019|In the News|

When we pass legislation to grow our economy, it does not stop at tax incentives and workforce training. In Arkansas, we know our economy can also grow by bringing in people from out of state to appreciate our natural resources, our talents, and our history. The hospitality industry is the second largest industry in the [...]

Weekly Summary – Apr 12

2019-05-06T21:18:03+00:00 Apr 12th, 2019|Summaries|

More than 900 bills have been signed into law this session. This General Assembly has reduced taxes, addressed infrastructure needs, increased funding to education, and transformed state government. One of the last bills we passed was the amendment to the Revenue Stabilization Act. This outlines the $5.7 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2020. It includes [...]

Daily Update – Apr 10

2019-05-06T21:17:01+00:00 Apr 10th, 2019|Summaries|

The vast majority of work for the 2019 Regular Session is now complete. We will meet one final time later this month to address any unfinished business and official adjourn. On Wednesday, the House passed SB490. This bill expands the eligibility requirements for the Succeed Scholarship Program. This bill will allow students who have been [...]