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. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

If you plan to vote this fall, please remember the important dates so that you can make sure your vote counts. If you have concerns about voting in person because of COVID-19, you can request an absentee ballot as a registered voter. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

I serve on the Aging, Children and Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs Committee. Over the past few months, we have been devising action plans to combat crimes against children. 

Wednesday, July 08, 2020
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As of July 1, Arkansas began a new fiscal year. During this world pandemic, we can remain optimistic, and here is why. Even though we finished the business year $168 million behind the last fiscal season, we still finished $369 million ahead of economic projections for our state in the wake …

This year, the Fourth of July was quieter than any in our lifetime. That was most obvious, perhaps, in small towns such as Piggott, where July 4th is the biggest event of the year.

Monday, July 06, 2020

This is the year 2020. We have experienced a lot of hardship this year, but there are some rays of hope. As of this week only 56.5 percent of Arkansas households have responded to the 2020 United States Census. Only 61.7 percent have responded nationally. If you have not responded, you can d…

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We started reopening the economy in May, and today I’d like to talk about the encouraging numbers that we’re already seeing. More than 45,000 Arkansans are back at work. Our unemployment rate, which has remained below the national rate, dropped from 10.8 percent in April to 9.5 percent in May.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

We set a goal to test every resident and staff member in long-term-care in June, and today I’m pleased to say that nursing homes, and assisted-living and residential-care facilities will be able to resume limited family visits and other activities on July 1 if they have complied with the pub…

A couple of weeks ago, I reminded District 11 of the deadline for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship. This week I wanted to share that the deadline has been extended to August 1, 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In prior years, students already receiving the award would have h…

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Arkansas’s Commission on Law-Enforcement Standards and Training is constantly examining ways to improve the already high quality of law enforcement in our state, and today I’d like to talk about the task force I’ve created to further that good work.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Every day we concentrate on ways to re-open and resume a normal way of life. These are tough times for all of us, but I want you to be encouraged. We are resilient and we will make it. 

We saw peaceful protests, and unfortunately, some violence and criminal behavior across Arkansas last week. Today, I’d like to talk about our duty to protect free expression and the proper response of law enforcement when there is violence or destruction of property.

Wednesday, June 03, 2020
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The Economic Recovery Task Force has submitted its interim report to me, and today I’d like to talk about some of the steps we need to take to boost our economy after COVID-19.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

COVID-19 and financial concerns have caused fear, stress, and anxiety for many in our communities. May is a good time to pause and remind ourselves and our neighbors that there are resources available to help during this difficult time.

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

We are still working through COVID-19, and as we do so, I would like to encourage you to keep the faith. We can press on and get through this together. This week was a milestone because several states, including Arkansas, are slowly taking steps to re-open our economy.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Wednesday, April 22, 2020

I hope everyone is staying safe during this time. As we continue to navigate this pandemic, there are some important legislative reminders I would like to keep on the forefront. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

The sudden and severe economic downturn caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus means that the 2020 fiscal session will be the most difficult one for legislators since Arkansas voters first voted to establish fiscal sessions 12 years ago.

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

As we continue to navigate this unprecedented global crisis, Coronavirus (COVID-19), it is my prayer that District 11 constituents and all Arkansans continue to stay safe and healthy. The information I provide is meant to, hopefully, assist us all in that process. 

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

In a rare move, Governor Asa Hutchinson called an Extraordinary Session of the 92nd General Assembly. My colleagues and I convened at the Jack Stephens Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) for two days of meetings in order to address the COVID-19 pandemic on behalf of a…

On March 11, I signed an executive order that declared a public health emergency in Arkansas, and every day since has brought new challenges in our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has required us to rethink how we do things in our personal lives from education to our business, and how we entertain ourselves. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

We are in a very difficult time in our nation’s history as we experience this worldwide pandemic, COVID-19 (coronavirus). Updates are rapidly changing, and I will do my best to communicate what is provided by our state on behalf of our community. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

I want to start this week asking everyone to join me in celebrating March as Women’s History Month, and March 8, 2020 as International Women’s Day. We certainly appreciate the many accomplishments women have made in every area over the years. Along with this and other activities, there is so…