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National Recovery Month

2022-08-31T01:12:42+00:00 Aug 26th, 2022|In the News|

September is National Recovery Month. It is a national observance held every to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices. In 2021, more than 200 Arkansans died from opioid-related causes. And 37% of inmates admitted to the Division of Correction had a drug offense. Medical researchers now consider dependence on alcohol or drugs [...]

School Bus Safety

2022-08-31T01:10:44+00:00 Aug 19th, 2022|In the News|

As Arkansas students head back to school, we want to take this week to remind drivers to be mindful of student safety when approaching school buses. It is estimated that close to 350,000 students in our state ride a bus to school. Those buses make stops in every community. It is illegal to pass a [...]

Special Session Summary

2022-08-31T01:08:58+00:00 Aug 14th, 2022|Summaries|

Thank you Senator Jonathan Dismang for this excellent explanation. Here is some information about what we did durning Special Session, specifically how they will impact low and middle income earners. We created an individual income tax credit of $150 per payer ($300/couple) for the 2022 tax year. This is only available to Arkansas residents and [...]

August 11 – Special Session

2022-08-31T01:06:33+00:00 Aug 11th, 2022|Summaries|

Legislation to accelerate tax cuts and legislation to fund school safety measures have now been signed into law. On Thursday morning, the House passed SB2 with a vote of 94-0. This legislation sets aside $50 million from the revenue surplus for the purpose of funding a school safety grant program. The grants will help districts [...]

August 10 – Special Session

2022-08-31T01:05:52+00:00 Aug 10th, 2022|Summaries|

With a vote of 81-14, the House passed HB1002. HB1002 accelerates the implementation of income and corporate tax cuts which were scheduled to become effective incrementally over the next three years. If enacted, the top income tax rate would drop from 5.5% to 4.9%. HB1002 would make the reduction retroactive to January 1, 2022. Corporate [...]

August 9 – Special Session

2022-08-31T01:05:11+00:00 Aug 9th, 2022|Summaries|

On the first day of the special session, committees advanced two pieces of legislation. The Joint Budget Committee advanced SB2. This sets aside $50 million from the revenue surplus for the purpose of funding a school safety grant program. The grants will help districts fund the recommendations of the School Safety Commission. The House Revenue [...]

General Assembly – Extraordinary Session

2022-08-31T01:02:08+00:00 Aug 5th, 2022|Summaries|

The Governor is calling the General Assembly into an Extraordinary Session next week to address the use of surplus funds to provide tax relief and funding for school safety measures. The Arkansas School Safety Commission was reinstated in the wake of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Members of the original commission created in March [...]

Arkansas Catfish Month

2022-08-31T00:59:46+00:00 Jul 29th, 2022|In the News|

The catfish industry is the largest component of aquaculture in the United States and a significant industry in Arkansas. In fact, Arkansas catfish farmers contributed $19.5 million to Arkansas’s agricultural economy in 2021. That’s up 17% from the previous year. The month of August has been proclaimed as Arkansas Catfish Month. This designation recognizes the [...]