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…

After our regular legislative session, the business of the legislature is continued through committees and subcommittees of the Arkansas Legislative Council. Last week I attended my first Lottery Oversight Subcommittee meeting and thought you might be interested in information we learned abo…

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 …

I’ve spent the better part of the last three weeks attending some of the most fun and informative events around southeast Arkansas. This is the best part of serving, meeting and visiting with you, the constituents. The events I’ve attended include Boys State, Chamber of Commerce, Alumni Even…

Now that I’ve been in office for more than four years, you may have noticed that one of my favorite topics is “economic development.” As we close out April of this year, I’d like to note that this has been a banner month for job creation in Arkansas.

After three months of hard work that produced historic and much-needed legislation, the 92nd General Assembly has adjourned. Together, we cut taxes. We raised teacher pay. We funded roads and highways, and we passed legislation that will bring more efficiency to state government.

During a visit two years ago with President Trump at the White House, I took the opportunity to stress the importance of global trade to Arkansas’s economy. At the time, the president was negotiating with Canada and Mexico for a modernized NAFTA agreement that was more fair to the United States.

The Arkansas Legislature has just completed week 11. We continue our work passing milestone legislation, and I am very excited to share with you our accomplishments for the week. I’ll begin with celebrating those who serve us faithfully. HB1733 is a bill that ensures that firefighters who ha…

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.

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.

I announced the details of my 5.9 Tax Cut at a news conference last week, and a few hours later, Sen. Jonathan Dismang filed Senate Bill 211, the first step in making the tax cut law. Rep. Joe Jett is the lead sponsor on the House side.

Monday is the day we remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As we honor Dr. King’s memory in the month of his birth, I’d like to share a little of what “the pen of history” has recorded about his awareness of Little Rock.

The 92nd General Assembly is now in session. All members took the oath of office in the House chamber on Monday, Jan. 14. Members then officially elected Matthew Shepherd from El Dorado as the speaker of the House for the 92nd General Assembly. Speaker Shepherd was sworn in by his father, th…

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