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.
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.
Wednesday, March 03, 2021
In the 7th week of the 2021 Regular Session, the House passed bills addressing taxes, medical care, scholarships, the duty to retreat, and more.
Today I’d like to talk about the federal Payroll Protection Plan or PPP, which has kept many Arkansas companies alive during the pandemic.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
From the workers clearing our roads to the utility employees doing their best to keep houses warm, we want to extend our deepest appreciation to our essential workers this week.
We’re almost a month into We still have eight days left in February, and already this is the third snowiest month in Little Rock since we started keeping records in the 1800s. And it is one of the most severe snowstorms statewide as well.
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
There are 25 proposed constitutional amendments filed in the House and 18 in the Senate. The deadline to file proposed amendments was Feb. 10. Proposals range from creating a citizens commission on minimum wage to tort reform.
A company that produces wood pellets for grilling has announced it will open a plant in Hope this year, and today I’d like to talk about the wood-pellet industry in Arkansas and what it means for this state.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
The 93rd General Assembly entered the fifth week of the 2021 Regular Session. The House passed a resolution to extend this session, if necessary, to May 3. The resolution provides for a recess on April 9.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson
Wednesday, February 03, 2021
We are in our second month of inoculating Arkansans against COVID-19, and today I’d like to talk about the progress we are making.
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Gov. Asa Hutchinson
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
House members have now begun the second week of the 2021 Regular Session.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson
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.
Public participation is an essential part of our democracy. In preparation for the upco
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.
Duck hunting is one of the great cultural traditions of Arkansas, and it also pumps a lot of money into our economy.
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
The Task Force to Advance the State of Law Enforcement in Arkansas submitted its report to me last week, and I’d like to talk about some of the action items the members recommended.
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,…
I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving and was able to limit travel and celebration groups as much as possible. Please remember that we are still battling COVID-19.
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.
This is National Apprenticeship Week, and today I’d like to discuss the progress we’ve made in expanding registered apprenticeship programs throughout Arkansas.
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.