My long list of goals for the 92nd General Assembly included legislation that I call the “Four ‘Ts’” – Tax reduction. Transportation funding. Teacher pay increases. Transformation of state government.
Thursday, March 07, 2019
This week, the General Assembly passed a comprehensive bill that is a giant step forward in reforming our juvenile justice system. The bill provides for better assessment of our troubled youth and allows for sentencing guidelines that are more appropriate to each person.
We have been hard at work in the Arkansas Legislature for seven weeks now. We have passed and advanced bills ranging in topic from pharmaceuticals to speeding on local roadways. I do my best to narrow the focus and include those that are most relevant to constituents in District 11. This wee…
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
I had the honor of signing several important bills this week, including the income-tax reduction, the pay increase for starting teachers, mandatory newborn screening for spinal muscular atrophy, the free-speech legislation for college campuses, and a reduction in fees for concealed-carry licenses.
The Assembly has officially wrapped our sixth week of legislative session. Almost 200 bills have been signed into law. We have also been busy passing legislation that has a record number of constituents engaged and acting. One of the committees where I sit is focused on protecting the intere…
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Arkansas’ 92nd General Assembly has been in regular session for just over a month, and the House has passed over 140 bills generated in both legislative chambers. For more information on how a bill becomes a law, visit https://www.arkansashouse.org/. The House passed SB211 in an 82-14 vote w…
Thursday, February 14, 2019
The House passed the Teacher Salary Enhancement Act 91-0. Raised from $31,800 to $36,000, teacher starting salaries will get a boost over the next 4 years. You can find the entire salary schedule on www.arkansashouse.org. There are 168 schools that currently pay the minimum salary. In HB1321…
The 92nd General Assembly has been in session for four weeks, and legislators have sent more than 40 bills for me to sign.
Wednesday, February 06, 2019
I announced the details of my 5.9 Tax Cut at a news conference this week, and a few hours later, Senator Jonathan Dismang filed Senate Bill 211, the first step in making the tax cut law. Representative Joe Jett is the lead sponsor on the House side.
The Arkansas house has just wrapped the third week of legislative session. In that process the house has filed more than 250 bills with over 150 being filed in Senate Committees. Our work includes topics ranging from rules on sunscreen use in schools to restructuring state government. The ho…
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
In the second week of the regular legislative session, the House was active, passing several bills and advancing others. The House voted to pass the following bills to the Senate:
Hardworking Arkansans have benefitted from historic tax relief that Congress passed in 2017. More than 2.2 million jobs have been created since President Donald Trump signed the bill into law, paychecks have increased and a greater number of Americans are able to keep more of their hard-earn…
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Washington is unfortunately on new ground as the existing partial government shutdown has now, regrettably, become the longest in U.S. history. The sense of urgency that lingered in previous shutdowns doesn’t exist because some government agencies were funded months ago, while others were fi…
Last week, I took an oath at the State Capitol to represent all the residents of District 11 with fidelity and honor. It was a privilege to participate in the swearing in ceremony of the 92nd General Assembly with my colleagues from across our great state. After the investiture, our work as …
Thursday, January 17, 2019
I’m disappointed that differences in funding priorities have resulted in a partial government shutdown. Republicans and Democrats must come to the table to find a solution so we can end this partial shutdown and allow all federal agencies to provide the service Arkansans and all Americans ex…
The regular session of 2019 will be remembered for the number of far-reaching and significant issues that legislators resolved.
Thursday, January 10, 2019
When I was administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, I never dreamed I would be governor with the responsibility of implementing the dispensing of medical marijuana. But the voters approved medical marijuana, and I am committed to make it work.
Legislators have begun pre-filing bills in anticipation of the regular session that begins January 14.
Wednesday, January 02, 2019
The past two years have been busy in Washington as we passed historic tax reform, rolled back needless regulation and implemented improvements to help Main Street lenders and job creators. I’m proud to be a voice for Arkansas in the nation’s capital, representing our shared values as Congres…
State government will get off to a fast start in 2019, when the legislature convenes in regular session on January 14 and takes up proposals to lower income taxes and simplify the tax tables.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
The major political headlines of 2018 include voter approval of a constitutional amendment to allow casino gambling in four Arkansas locations.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau had good news for Arkansas. The percentage of adults with a college degree has gone up by 2.9 percent.
I have always considered myself a Healthy Active Arkansan, and that is why I am pleased that my administration launched Healthy Active Arkansas, the 10-year campaign to reduce the rate of obesity in our state and to increase healthy lifestyles.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
The 35-member Senate held its organizational meeting to elect leadership and formalize the rules for the 92nd General Assembly of the legislature, which convenes in regular session on January 14.
In the Civil War the nation divided geographically to the point that Lincoln, a moderate on slavery, was not even on the ballot for president in much of the South. For two years the Democrats have not supported anything initiated by President Donald Trump, the divide is so complete. Bipartis…
Thursday, December 06, 2018
Civil war first begins with words. There is now little decorum or civility on the medias of both political parties who now openly call opponents liars and traitors; hostile words not previously used in respected media outlets. Is a second civil war coming? A July 2018, Rasmussen Reports surv…
The Arkansas Tax Reform and Relief Legislative Task Force is working until the proverbial last minute to finalize a package of recommendations for the regular session of the legislature, which begins January 14.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
From the first Thanksgiving with the pilgrim settlers to the modern tradition of football and turkey, it is important for us as a state and nation to pause from the hustle of life and simply give thanks.
Every year Arkansas judges send about 350 youths into state custody. Some are sent to a secure lockup and some to a less restrictive environment, such as a group home.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
On Wednesday morning, Governor Asa Hutchinson presented his balanced budget for the next biennium to the Joint Budget Committee of the General Assembly.
The pilgrims realized that some kind of governing document was needed for the new colony, “as human nature is prone to disunity and differences that could be disruptive of peace.” Governor William Bradford thus described the circumstances under which the agreement came about.
Thursday, November 15, 2018
When the Arkansas legislature convenes in regular session in January for the state’s 92nd General Assembly, the 35-member Senate will have 26 Republicans and nine Democrats. That ratio did not change after this year’s elections.
U.S. Senator John Boozman recognized the service and sacrifice of Vietnam veteran Kenneth Ziemer in ‘Salute to Veterans,’ a series recognizing the military service of Arkansans.
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Every other year we are subjected to a national election; it is the price we must pay for our liberty and our Republic. Freedom is not a normal human experience. Most of humanity never had it.
Arkansas has 1,034 public schools and each one recently received a letter grade, from A to F, to give parents an easy method of evaluating them,
Students from the Bismarck School District gave up their first day of fall break to travel to the capitol this week for a news conference in which we celebrated their academic achievement.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
The legislature has begun budget hearings in preparation for the 2019 regular session.
Governor Asa Hutchinson has proclaimed Nov. 11, 2018, as “Bells of Peace: World War I Remembrance Day.” The Arkansas WWI Centennial Commemoration Committee is calling on people and organizations around the state to ring bells 11 times at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, to celebrate the end of Wo…
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
The legislature has begun budget hearings in preparation for the 2019 regular session.
Arkansas has a long and proud history of supporting our nation’s defense. Our state is home to military installations, businesses and jobs that contribute to our national security and the protection of our nation’s servicemembers. It’s also where brave men and women learn to serve a cause hi…
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Depending on the outcome of legal challenges that are being considered by the state Supreme Court, Arkansas voters could decide five ballot issues at the November 6 general election.
The Senate added one more very important bill to its list of bipartisan accomplishments this Congress, passage of the America’s Water Infrastructure Act.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Since 2015, when the legislature approved Act 187 to upgrade the computer capacity of public schools, Arkansas has moved to the head of the class in national rankings.
This week, I unveiled my plan to cut the number of cabinet-level agencies in state government from 42 to 15, a reduction of 64 percent. This initiative to make state government more efficient is one of the most important undertakings of my administration.
Wednesday, October 03, 2018
A hundred folks gathered in the rotunda at the capitol this week as the Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency launched “Save 8. Donate,” its campaign to encourage Arkansans to sign up as an organ donor.
An advisory committee has spent the past year studying the efficiency of how the state pays for improvements to public school facilities.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Enrollment at Arkansas colleges and universities is down slightly from last year.
From a distance, we have all watched the devastation and flooding caused by Hurricane Florence. While the destruction was far away, I am proud of the way Arkansas has helped the recovery effort.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Liberty Under Fire
Many Eudora citizens are angry over the recent installment of 24-7 police surveillance cameras throughout the city.
The state Department of Human Services announced that 4,353 Arkansans were no longer eligible for Medicaid benefits because over the past three months they failed to comply with work requirements.