There are three legislative meetings scheduled this month to review proposals for congressional redistricting.
On Sept. 11, 2001, I had just taken charge as administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. For today’s weekly address, we are offering a shortened version of A Thousand Deep: Asa Hutchinson Remembers 9.11 which is a video with my reflections about the day of the 9/11 attacks an…
Wednesday, September 08, 2021
The county fair is one of the traditions that we missed last year because of the pandemic, and today I’m very excited to talk about the reopening of the fairs this fall.
Wednesday, September 01, 2021
Last week, the Arkansas Legislative Council Higher Education Subcommittee reviewed details of a new program designed to benefit Arkansans who have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Airports and air travel are essential to Arkansas’s growth and economic development, and the history of aeronautics in Arkansas is colorful. Today I’d like to talk about this industry that has contributed so much to the high quality of life in the Natural State.
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Everyone has a responsibility to ensure students arrive at and from school safely. This includes being mindful of student safety when approaching school buses.
Over the past several weeks, I have visited 16 communities on my Community COVID Conversations tour, and I heard heartfelt concerns, heartbreaking stories, and heartening testimonies about the value of the COVID-19 vaccines.
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
The House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee met on Monday last week to begin the discussion on the redistricting process for Congressional districts in Arkansas.
Today I’d like to talk about a sector of our culinary industry that is the perfect business model for dining establishments during a pandemic.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Since the days I was taking out Hardy Boys mysteries from the Gravette School Library, I have always been in the middle of reading a book or two. The First Lady and I read to our children and our grandchildren. I encourage families to keep books at home to read aloud and to encourage childre…
This week, a subcommittee of Arkansas Legislative Council that provides oversight for Arkansas Game and Fish and Arkansas State Police heard from Arkansas State Police Director Col. Bill Bryant regarding recent successes and challenges facing state troopers.
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Last week, I announced I would be traveling the state for a series of Community COVID Conversations, and today I’d like to talk about why these exercises in democracy matter.
This week, we want to remind you about the upcoming Arkansas Sales Tax holiday. This year, the event will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7, and end at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 8.
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Last Thursday was the first of my Community COVID Conversations in Cabot, and I am so grateful for the crowd who attended and filled every seat with the overflow left standing along the walls. The time was well spent with citizens asking questions and providing ideas as to how to overcome th…
Arkansans know that no summer barbecue is complete without fresh watermelon. Our state may not be the largest producer of watermelon, but Arkansas communities lay claim to being the home of the world’s largest and the world’s sweetest.
Wednesday, July 07, 2021
Last week, we lost another police officer in the line of duty, and if we could pass a law to guarantee we will never lose another one, then I would pass it and sign it today. But we know that is not realistic.
Arkansas started a new fiscal year last week, and final reports for the previous year give us an optimistic outlook about the future of our economy.
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
There are currently 58,000 Arkansans who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. It is estimated that 67,000 will be diagnosed by 2025.
First, the Arkansas General Assembly had the tough task of choosing the two people who would represent Arkansas in Statuary Hall in our nation’s capital, and then we had a nationwide search for the artists who would sculpt the statues. Today I’m happy to report we now have selected the artis…
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Arkansas Works will end on Dec. 31, and today I’d like to talk about the program that will replace it.
This week, the Arkansas Legislative Council Highway Commission Review and Advisory Subcommittee reviewed a presentation regarding Arkansas’s inland waterways.
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
This week, we would like to remind families of an upcoming scholarship deadline.
I have proclaimed that June is Blackberry Month in Arkansas and today I’d like to talk about a crowning blackberry achievement at the University of Arkansas’s Fruit Research Station in Clarksville.
Wednesday, June 09, 2021
Two weeks ago, we were all alarmed to learn about a significant crack in a beam that supports the I-40 Hernando DeSoto Bridge, which connects Arkansas and Tennessee.
Tourism in Arkansas is making a big comeback. While the pandemic severely impacted the industry in 2020, there are signs that tourism is rebounding and doing better than before the health emergency began.
Wednesday, June 02, 2021
The state’s emergency health declaration ended this Sunday, and today I’d like to encourage Arkansans to remember that although the emergency has passed, we are still in a pandemic.
Directly behind the Capitol stands a monument honoring those Arkansas families who sacrificed more than most.
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
We opened Arkansas’s rental-assistance program last week, and today I’d like to talk about how we will help renters and landlords who are struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Gov. Asa Hutchinson
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Gov. Asa Hutchinson
Wednesday, May 05, 2021
Last week the 93rd General Assembly concluded its business, and today I’d like to talk about a few of the success stories from the legislative session.
The House is now in an extended recess for the 2021 Regular Session.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Last week, the Joint Budget Committee advanced two bills outlining the proposed budget for the next fiscal year.
For years, we have struggled to find enough teachers, nurses, and other licensed professionals to fill jobs in Arkansas, and today I’d like to talk about Act 746, a law that will help overcome that challenge by enlarging the field of employees. I signed it into law this last week.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
This week, the House passed several bills which will increase various tax credits and exemptions.
This week, I signed legislation that will increase the median salary of schoolteachers by $2,000 over the next two years. The raise is one way to show teachers we value their work, and this legislation was one of my top priorities. Senator Missy Irvin and Representative Bruce Cozart sponsore…
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. We all understand that the best way to prevent the abuse of children is to strengthen families. Today I’d like to share the story of state employees whose intervention stabilized a family and allowed a mother to keep her children.
By the end of the 13th week of the 2021 Regular Session, more than 600 bills were signed into law.
Wednesday, April 07, 2021
This time last year, I knew COVID-19 was a serious threat, but I was confident if we pulled together as a state and nation, then we could over time defeat the virus.
Close to 500 bills have been signed into law so far during the 2021 Regular Session.
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
This week I signed Senate Bill 107, which requires high school students to take at least one computer science course in order to graduate.
The 11th week of the session was an abbreviated one as the General Assembly took a recess for Spring Break. Before members left the Capitol, the House Public Health, Welfare, and Labor Committee advanced a new version of the Medicaid expansion program.
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Arkansas is springing to life. The White Trout-lily is in full bloom in the woods. Spring ephemerals such as Pale Corydalis, Spring Beauty, Toothwort, Bloodroot, and Violets are coloring the forest floor. The return of Arkansas’s natural beauty is a relief and a reminder that the pandemic of…
In the 10th week of the 2021 Regular Session, the House passed several bills focusing on improved education.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
More than 320 bills have been signed into law during the 2021 Regular Session. There are several hundred bills still making their way through the legislative process.
The historic flood of 2019 exposed the weakness of Arkansas’s levee system, an issue that required immediate and focused attention, so I created the Arkansas Levee Task Force.
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
As we wind down the 8th week of the 2021 Regular Session, more than 270 bills have been signed into law.
In a news conference last week, I announced that I was renewing the state of emergency through March 31. I also announced that we would be keeping the mask mandate through March 31, as well.