Almost 250,000 veterans live in Arkansas. In honor of Veterans Day this week, I hope you took a moment to celebrate the valor and courage of at least one veteran in your respective communities.
I have been in Asia this week, and as I wrap up our visit to Japan, I’d like to talk about the significance of our relationship with the country known as the Land of the Rising Sun.
Thursday, November 07, 2019
The past ten days have been filled with significant economic development news for Arkansas, and I’d like to share some of that today.
This past week, Arkansans participated in celebrating one of our own. The 92nd Assembly signed into law Act 1062. This Act designated Nov. 1, 2019 as the inaugural John H. Johnson Day in Arkansas. John H. Johnson was an Arkansan as well as a District 11 native.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
The Buffalo National River is 153 miles of Arkansas wilderness and great memories, and today I’d like to share some thoughts about why we must be diligent in protecting it.
October continues to be an action-packed month and a time that we have chosen to recognize many topics of importance to our District 11 community as well as all Arkansans. October is also “Farm to School Month”. One in five children are now obese, and childhood obesity has reached epidemic p…
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Last week I shared on bullying in our Public-School Systems in Arkansas. This week I would like to look forward to higher education, and the importance of school aged children developing a positive paradigm to continuing their education.
When I took office in 2015, our child-welfare and foster-care system was in urgent need of improvement, and today I’d like to discuss the tremendous progress we’ve made on behalf of the children of Arkansas.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Arkansas’s timber industry contributes $6.4 billion to our economy, and today I’d like to talk about the many benefits of the forests to our state and also the effect of the ongoing trade war.
Over the past few weeks, Joint Committees on Public Retirement and Social Security Programs have convened in various state-wide meetings. The purpose of these meetings has been to provide briefings on rule change considerations for statewide retirement agency options.
Wednesday, October 09, 2019
This week I attended the Joint Committee on Energy in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Many of my colleagues and I in the 92nd Assembly made the trip because there are several aspects of the topic that concern all Arkansans. Our meeting commenced at Ozark Electric and topics included renewable energy…
Governor Hutchinson provided this week’s address from Mumbai while on his economic trade mission to India and the United Arab Emirates.
Wednesday, October 02, 2019
This month marks the 10th anniversary of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, and I’d like to talk about the progress we’ve made and about the opportunities the scholarships have provided for many of our young people.
This week I will wrap up September as “Take Your Legislator to School” month. I have had wonderful opportunities to visit with students as well as educators regarding important issues surrounding our education system.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
For the past few weeks I have shared with you my activities for “Take Your Legislator to School Month” in September. Last week I had the pleasure of visiting several schools in District 11 including Hamburg, Crossett, and Lakeside. I was also able to visit with some of our retired educators.
I have just finished my ninth Computer Coding tour of Arkansas schools, and today I’d like to talk about our computer-science success.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
This week, I traveled to Jonesboro to help cut the ribbon at the state’s fourth Crisis Stabilization Unit, and today I’d like to talk about the difference these centers are making in Arkansas.
Continuing this month’s “Take Your Legislator to School” initiative, I would like to share another program our Assembly supports, #ARGIRLSLEAD.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, made his third official visit to Arkansas this week, and today I’m going to discuss the Shared Stewardship agreement we signed during his visit.
September is “Take Your Legislator to School Month”! Each fall when students prepare to go back to school, legislators from the Arkansas House and Senate visit schools in their local districts. The goal is to build stronger communication between educators, students, and legislators.
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
Today I’d like to talk about the importance of participating in the U.S. Census and about the ways we are already preparing for Census Day, which is April 1, 2020.
Vote! Vote! Vote! Election season is coming up, and now is the time to get registered to vote. In the 2019 Arkansas General Assembly, my colleagues and I passed several pieces of new legislation that will affect the upcoming 2020 election.
Friday, August 30, 2019
Today I want to talk about what we are doing in Arkansas to expand access to mental health services and for those in need of drug-addiction counseling.
The legislative session has ended for 2019, but there is still a lot of positive activity happening behind the scenes on behalf of Arkansas Constituents.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
As our children start a new school year, I’d like to focus on the “Flashing Red. Kids Ahead” campaign.
This week I would like to visit with you about some of the legislative committee work my colleagues and I have been doing, even though the session has adjourned. More on that in a bit, but first I want to give a few reminders.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Last week I continued the conversation about laws that will take effect as a result of our last Legislative Session. I would like to continue that conversation this week. In fact, some constituents have had questions regarding some of the new laws that currently affect them or their loved ones.
As we continue to mourn the tragic loss of life in El Paso and Dayton, it appears that the suspect in the Texas attack is a white nationalist who hates immigrants. He traveled more than 600 miles to a border town, where the majority of the population is Hispanic. Law enforcement agencies are…
Wednesday, August 07, 2019
Today I’d like to share some thoughts about Winthrop Rockefeller, one of Arkansas’s great governors, and about the building we have named in his honor.
July 24, 2019 marked the 91st day following the regular Legislative Session. Except in noted circumstances and according to Arkansas Law, all Legislative Acts will go into effect on the 91st day following the Legislative Session.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Today I’d like to take a moment to remember Stone County Deputy Sheriff Mike Stephen, who was killed in the line of duty on July 18.
Every year as young people prepare to go back to school, I have always encouraged them to be kind and inclusive. Bullying and divisiveness can be challenging among students in schools.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Two words-Workforce Development. Last week, I started a conversation with District 11 about workforce development and cutting red tape in occupational licensing.
Today I’d like to highlight the work of the Arkansas Army National Guard’s Aviation Team.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Today I want to share the good news that we ended the 2019 budget year with a $295 million surplus.
Recently, I have been having a conversation with District 11 about several of the legislative areas that my colleagues and I addressed in the 92nd Assembly.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Today, as you have just enjoy the 243rd anniversary of our nation’s independence, I’d like to note a few other reasons that July 4 is significant in Arkansas.
School is out and summer vacations are in full swing; however, opportunities always exist to visit and share about education.
Wednesday, July 03, 2019
Today I’d like to talk about steps we took this week to deal with the damage from recent flooding. We also want to do all we can to minimize destruction from future floods.
Happy 4th of July everyone! Summer is officially here! As we celebrate our nation’s independence, I want to encourage you to enjoy yourselves, but also be sure to make it a safe, relaxing holiday.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
The past few weeks have been difficult, but our community remains resilient and strong.
Today I am in the Czech Republic as I conclude a week of work in Europe selling Arkansas to international companies looking to expand in the United States.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
This week Arkansas hosted the first-ever National Computer Science Summit for State Leaders at the Governor’s Mansion, and I’d like to share a bit about our event.
As we enter another week of experiencing the major flooding in District 11, I ask you to join me in continued positive sentiment, prayers, and actions to help our friends and neighbors affected by the disaster. It is my sincere desire to communicate efforts being made on many levels to bring…
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
It all started with a song. We don’t know when, we don’t know how, but somewhere in the vast history of mankind someone opened his or her mouth and out came a sound no one had ever heard before.
I have written to President Trump to request that he declare the Flood of 2019 a major disaster and provide the federal assistance that we will need to get back on our feet. My letter outlines the extensive destruction and loss along the Arkansas River and its tributaries from the Oklahoma b…
The assembly has wrapped but your legislators are still hard at work making sure our goals for this session are met. This past week I returned to the capitol for two separate committees I serve.
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
Today I want to talk about the Arkansas River as its water levels continue to rise and threaten thousands of people who live and work along its banks. This is a river flood unlike any we have ever seen.
Each week, I am delighted to share with you the opportunities I have had to spend time getting to know the constituents in the community. This week, I attended two such events. One was local, and the other was on the state level.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
I’d like to talk about the National Computer Science Summit for State Leaders that we are hosting in Little Rock in a couple of weeks. This is the first summit of its type in the nation. We have invited leaders in the field to discuss a range of topics, including academic standards, teacher …
This past week, I had the distinct pleasure of attending the Arkansas State Police (ASP) Annual Awards Ceremony and Luncheon. It was hosted by the Arkansas State Police Foundation. I was simply humbled by, not only the presence of almost 1,000 or more attendees, but the acts of valor and mer…
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
This week, I released the details of the Arkansas State Broadband Plan. This is the plan that will expand high-speed broadband internet to the rural areas of Arkansas.