Wednesday, April 28, 2021

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, 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. 

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.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

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…

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

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

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
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.

Wednesday, February 03, 2021
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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.