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Help Smokey Bear Celebrate His 75th Birthday with a “Shout-Out”

2019-02-18T22:33:16+00:00 Feb 11th, 2019|In the News|

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas Agriculture Department’s Forestry Commission (AFC) is sponsoring a Smokey Bear “Shout-Out” contest Feb. 11 through April 19 to celebrate Smokey’s 75th birthday. Smokey is the fictional bear that was designated the symbol for forest fire prevention in 1944 by the U.S. Forest Service and the Ad Council. Elementary classes [...]

92nd General Assembly starts January 14th

2019-01-07T17:39:46+00:00 Jan 4th, 2019|In the News|

This is the year for legislative action. The elections are past and it is now time for newly elected and re-elected state officials to begin the 2019 term in office, as the 92nd General Assembly. The Arkansas State Constitution requires the General Assembly to meet in regular session on the second Monday in January of [...]

New Rule for Committees

2019-01-07T17:37:36+00:00 Dec 28th, 2018|In the News|

There is a new rule taking effect this session which changes the way our many of our committees are formed. The House consists of 10 standing committees, 7 select committees and 3 special committees. A vast majority of legislation introduced in the Regular Session is assigned to a standing committee. In years past, we gathered [...]

Foster Care Update

2019-01-07T17:35:31+00:00 Dec 22nd, 2018|In the News|

Christmas is a special time at the Capitol. The halls are decorated with trees and garland. School choirs from across the state come to carol in the rotunda. And we host a party every year that creates lasting memories for our state’s most vulnerable. At that party, many of us in the Capitol bring gifts [...]

Arkansas Tax Reform & Relief Task Force

2019-01-07T17:34:12+00:00 Dec 14th, 2018|In the News|

The Arkansas Tax Reform and Relief Task Force completed its work. This task force was created in 2017 in the same legislation that lowered the income tax rate for Arkansans making below $21,000 a year. Since that time, the task force has been exploring everything from capital gains taxes to registration fees on electric and [...]

Live Streaming Update

2019-01-07T17:32:31+00:00 Dec 7th, 2018|In the News|

We want Arkansans to know what is taking place in their Capitol. That is why for the last 8 years, the Arkansas House has been live streaming several committees and all House floor proceedings. In the upcoming session, we will be expanding that effort. Until now we have been streaming only House meetings held in [...]

School Safety Commission’s Final Report

2018-12-07T16:14:13+00:00 Dec 4th, 2018|In the News|

LITTLE ROCK – Five months to the day after the Arkansas School Safety Commission presented its preliminary report to Governor Asa Hutchinson, the commission submitted its final report to the governor this afternoon at a news conference at the State Capitol. The Commission’s five subcommittees made 30 recommendations that range from having an armed presence [...]