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Arkansas BreastCare program

2019-09-30T17:11:09+00:00 Sep 27th, 2019|In the News|

In 2016 in Arkansas, a total of 2,226 women were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and 400 women died from the disease. Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. October is breast cancer awareness month. This is an opportunity to remind Arkansans of the importance of mammograms for [...]

Domestic Violence Legislation

2019-09-30T17:11:53+00:00 Sep 20th, 2019|In the News|

In Arkansas, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men will be the victim of domestic abuse in their lifetime. In 2018, 44 Arkansans died as a result of domestic violence. Domestic violence occurs among all types of families, regardless of income, profession, region, ethnicity, educational level or race. This week, a rally was [...]

2020 Census

2019-09-30T17:07:14+00:00 Sep 13th, 2019|In the News|

By April 1, 2020, each of you will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Responding to the census will be easier than ever, as this will be the first time you can respond online. The Constitution mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 [...]

Suicide Prevention

2019-09-30T17:06:35+00:00 Sep 6th, 2019|In the News|

In the United States, someone dies by suicide every 11.1 minutes. In Arkansas, someone dies by suicide, on average, every 14 hours. Suicide is not inevitable for anyone. By starting the conversation, providing support, and directing help to those who need it, we can prevent suicides and save lives. The second week of September has [...]

Elections Legislation

2019-09-30T17:05:39+00:00 Aug 30th, 2019|In the News|

During the 2019 Regular Session, the General Assembly passed several pieces of legislation concerning our elections. One of those pieces of legislation will change the date of our primaries. Arkansas will join 13 other states holding a March 3, 2020 primary. Only 4 other states will hold their caucus or primary before March 3. Act [...]

Arkansas Labor Market

2019-08-30T22:11:15+00:00 Aug 25th, 2019|In the News|

Arkansas recently set a new record low for unemployment. The unemployment rate for July was 3.4 %, breaking the previous record of 3.5% last month. There are 19,200 more jobs in our state than this time last year. But the story of our work force does not end there. As we approach Labor Day, it’s [...]

Flashing Red means Kids Ahead

2019-08-30T22:10:03+00:00 Aug 13th, 2019|In the News|

During any given day in the school year, there are 350,000 children riding a bus on Arkansas roadways. This week, legislators joined the Governor, Education Secretary Johnny Key, and state police in reminding drivers that Flashing Red means Kids Ahead. It is illegal to pass a stopped school bus whenever its red lights are flashing, [...]

National Water Quality Month

2019-08-30T22:08:34+00:00 Aug 9th, 2019|In the News|

In Arkansas, there are on average 71 billion gallons of water flowing in rivers, 4.8 trillion gallons in lakes and 200 trillion gallons in the ground. Our state is abundant with water resources and much of our economy depends on it. It is estimated Arkansans use 157 gallons of water every day. August is National [...]

Amber Alerts

2019-08-30T22:07:40+00:00 Aug 3rd, 2019|In the News|

In 2018, there were 161 Amber Alerts issued nationwide. 5 of those originated here in Arkansas. Those first minutes and hours after a child has been reported missing are crucial for law enforcement. That is why this General Assembly took an extraordinary and first of its kind step to help ensure law enforcement has all [...]

Education Legislation

2019-08-01T21:00:23+00:00 Jul 26th, 2019|In the News|

Most students in Arkansas public schools head back to the classroom the second week of August. From recess to reading, there are several pieces of legislation passed in the most recent session which will impact the upcoming school year. Below are some, but not all, of the acts taking effect this year. Act 641 ensures [...]