Wednesday, January 13, 2021

We’re almost a month into our COVID-19 immunization program, and today I’d like to emphasize the importance of Arkansans taking one of the two approved vaccines so that we can stop the coronavirus and get back to our lives.

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

While we prepare to enter a new year and begin the 2021 Regular Session, we want to take a moment to review what has been taking place at the State Capitol in 2020. Some of the work accomplished in 2020 lays the foundation for future legislation.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

I hope everyone had a merry Christmas and will have a happy New Year as we are fast approaching 2021. As I reflect on the past two years, I can honestly tell you that my heart is full and grateful. As most of you know, my term as Arkansas state representative for District 11 has come to an e…

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Merry Christmas everyone! As a reminder, all state and federal facilities will be closed on Thursday, Dec. 24, and on Friday, Dec. 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday. 

Sherian Kwanisai stepped into Arkansas history last week as the first person in the state to be vaccinated for COVID-19, and today I’d like to talk about the significance of this in our nine-month battle against the coronavirus.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

On Thursday, the advisory committee of the Federal Drug Administration said “yes” to the emergency use authorization of the first coronavirus vaccine in the United States, and today I’d like to talk about what that means for Arkansas.

I would like to take a moment to congratulate my House colleague, Rep. Vivian Flowers. This past week, Rep. Flowers was named the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) of the year at the Annual Legislative Conference held Nov. 30 thru Dec. 5. 

Wednesday, December 09, 2020

As I write this communication to you, Congress is currently working on extensions for the CARES Act that will, hopefully, bring some much-needed relief to our neighbors who need it most. 

Today I’d like to talk about the Natural State’s spirit of giving, which I’ve witnessed consistently through the years. When a friend or neighbor is in need, Arkansans show up in a hurry with pickaxes and open wallets.

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

Last week was Thanksgiving week, and Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of the year. I do like the reminder that we as individuals and as a state and nation should pause and give thanks. I grew up in a small country church in which we always sang the old hymn, “Count your blessings,…

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

First, I would like to wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving. It is the time of year when we get together and express our appreciation and love for those whom we are blessed to call family. This year is different and challenging. We are still wrestling with COVID-19. Unfortunately, o…

This year for the first time, enrollment in computer science courses topped 10,000, the sixth straight year enrollment has increased, and today I’d like to talk about what’s happening and what’s down the road.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

I hope that you had a chance to honor veterans last week. I shared what the Assembly has been doing in support of veterans including making business and job search easier as well as continuing research to aid in uplifting veterans if they have struggles. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

November is National Adoption Month in Arkansas, and Nov. 21 is National Adoption Day. Today I’d like to share the story of an amazing employee of the Division of Children and Family Services, which is a part of our state Department of Human Services, or DHS. 

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

The blazing foliage of fall is reason enough to travel the Natural State this weekend, but there’s more to autumn in Arkansas than the brightly colored leaves. Today I’d like to mention a few spots worth a visit this time of year in addition to the trails of leaves.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Recent events around the nation have led to discussions about law-enforcement practices. Today I’d like to talk about the progress Arkansas has made with crisis intervention training for police officers and the Crisis Stabilization Units that offer an alternative to jail for people who are s…

There are only three months to go in year one of our governmental transformation process in Arkansas. Last year in our legislative session, the 92nd General Assembly passed Act 910, the “Transformation and Efficiencies Act.” The initial Act took effect this year and the governor’s cabinet se…

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Please join me in recognition of an especially important cause. Breast cancer. In 2017, 2163 Arkansans were reported as having breast cancer and we grieve the loss of 414 of our loved ones to the disease. The most frequently diagnosed cancers in our state include lung, colorectal, prostate c…

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Our students are back in school, and now is the time to focus on the best educational resources. Forty-one percent of every tax dollar that comes into the state of Arkansas is allocated for K-12 public schools. The state provides almost half of school district revenues. 

In the six years since I signed the Computer Science Initiative legislation, the success of it has far exceeded my expectations, and today I’d like to talk about a new report that offers some bold recommendations for the future of computer science education in Arkansas.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Wildfires out west have been in the headlines for weeks, and today I’d like to share some news about state and federal responders from Arkansas who are out there fighting them.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Today I’d like to share two pieces of news that illustrate how Arkansas has fostered an environment that encourages high-tech entrepreneurs and the educators who mentor and inspire them.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has forced us into a new normal, and that means more and more people are conducting daily activities remotely. People are working, schooling, and churching from home. Students are participating in distance learning, parishioners are attending church services online, …

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

For now, we have a new normal, maneuvering COVID-19. We are wrestling with life’s challenges from a new perspective and approach. Mental health issues are on the rise. As a result, thousands of Americans die every year from suicide. 

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

We are still battling COVID-19, and more and more Arkansans are now working remotely. As we embrace our new normal, access to high speed internet is a growing need in our business and education settings. 

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has threatened the survival of many small businesses in Arkansas, and today I’d like to share good news about a grant program that will help. It is the Arkansas Historic Preservation and Main Street Arkansas grants.

I am asking District 11 to join me in praying for and watching out for our youth. Last week I had the distinct pleasure of meeting the Lake Village School Prayer Warriors to do just that. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

This year marks the centennial of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote in the United States. Arkansas was the 12th state to ratify the 19th amendment on July 29, 1919. The 92nd Legislative Assembly had the privilege of celebrating 100 years of women voting in Arkansas, and this …

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Parents, teachers, and students have a big job preparing to return to school this fall while still in the middle of a world pandemic. In preparation for back to school, the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) is excited to announce the “Ready for School Resource Call Center.”

COVID-19 has highlighted some of the shortcomings of our broadband connectivity, but the pandemic also has created opportunities for us to accelerate our expansion of internet service, which I’d like to talk about today.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

I have appointed Dr. José Romero as secretary of the Arkansas Department of Health, and today I’d like to share some things about the man who is assuming this job in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

None of us thought that at this time we would still be in the thick of a world pandemic. As we enter the fall months and kids head back to school, it is a great time for all family members to get updated on immunizations. 

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Under our state’s broadband initiative, the number of Arkansans with access to high-speed internet is increasing, and today I’d like to talk about the Arkansas Access Point Project, a new program that will make the world wide web available for thousands more students.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

This week, I met with doctors, nurses, and respiratory therapists at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville who have been on the front line of saving lives during this coronavirus pandemic. They were tired and stressed, but their work makes me grateful for their services and sacr…

Exactly 30 years ago on July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. This law made it illegal to discriminate against our fellow citizens because of a disability.