The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences received a grant of $4.6 million to boost its program to encourage primary care physicians to practice in rural areas.
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.
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.
Last year 426 Arkansas residents died from a drug overdose, according to death certificates filed with the state Health Department. That is an increase in fatal drug overdoses from 2017, when 417 people in Arkansas died from drugs.
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…
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.
The state Human Services Department is reviewing every case this year in which people have been denied assisted living or home care services in the Living Choices and ARChoices programs.
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.
State officials announced that school nurses will be provided with kits containing naloxone nasal spray, which helps keep people alive when they have overdosed on painkillers known as opioids.
I hope your summer is off to a great start! Mine began with 4 days of committee meetings and a trip to Richmond, Va., for the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) conference, which I will discuss more in a later article.
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.
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…
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.
The rate of maternal mortality in Arkansas is above the national average, so earlier this year the legislature created a review committee to develop new strategies for preventing women from dying during childbirth.
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 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.
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.
We wrapped up most of the business of the 92nd General Assembly last Wednesday. We will convene again on April 24 for Sine Die, where we will address any unfinished business and officially adjourn the 2019 Regular Session.
The Correction Department will keep secret any records about lethal injection and carrying out the death penalty under a bill that exempts those records from the state Freedom of Information Act.
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…
We have successfully tackled some tough issues in the 92nd General Assembly, but not everything I sign is as serious as a highway-funding bill, raising teacher pay, or reducing the state’s top income-tax rate.