This year, returning House members and members-elect will make their committee selection for the 2021 Regular Session just days after the election. A House caucus has been scheduled for November 6. During the caucus, newly elected members will draw for seniority and all members will select their seats for the 93rd General Assembly. After seat selection, the committee selection process will begin. The vast majority of legislation considered during a legislative session begins in a standing committee. Continue Reading →
October is breast cancer awareness month. This is an opportunity to remind Arkansans of the importance of mammograms for early detection and lifestyle changes that could help prevent cancer. Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early when it is easier to treat, and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms.
It is important to still get checked for breast cancer regularly, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. As long as you’re not feeling sick or having any COVID-19 symptoms, experts say it’s safe to get a mammogram. In 2017, there were 2,163 new breast cancer cases and 414 cancer deaths in the state. Continue Reading →
Texarkana, AR: Terry Roberts is running for Texarkana, Arkansas Board of Directors Ward 1 Position. Terry is a lifelong resident of Texarkana, Arkansas and a graduate of Arkansas High. He is currently serving as the Cheif Clerk for Judge Nancy Talley in Bowie County, Texas. Roberts holds a Bachelors’s degree in Business Administration and serves as a volunteer at Hospice of Texarkana in the pastoral care capacity. He has spent several years volunteering in the community and notes that it has been a blessing and joy to serve. Continue Reading →
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Congressman Bruce Westerman
Miller County, AR: Congressman Bruce Westerman will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday evening meeting of the Miller County Republican Committee. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. with Congressman Westerman speaking. There will be a short intermission between the speaker and the business portion of the meeting. The meeting will be held at 1022 Arkansas Blvd in Texarkana, Arkansas. This will be the last meeting of the Miller County Republican Committee before the general election. Continue Reading →
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Decisions regarding our state budget show the priorities we make as a state. The budget-making process has a direct impact on everything from classrooms to health care.
Budget hearings will begin Tuesday, October 13, 2020, and are scheduled to conclude November 12, 2020. The Joint Budget Committee sits with the Arkansas Legislative Committee as voting participants in the hearings, creating the Arkansas Legislative Council/Joint Budget Committee.
The hearings will begin with requests from licensing boards and commissions. The second week members will review recommendations from the Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, the Department of Commerce, and the Department of Public Safety. On week 3, Higher Education Institutions, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Transformation and Shared Services will have proposals reviewed. Continue Reading →
Washington, DC: Congressman French Hill (AR-2), Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3), Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-1), and Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-4) sent a letter to the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, Andrew Saul, urging changes to a policy requiring Arkansans to surrender their primary identification documents—such as drivers’ licenses—for as much as thirty days in order to obtain a new copy of their Social Security card. The members are demanding action because Arkansans are being harmed by this policy, which has limited their ability to drive to work or doctor’s appointments and because in some instances these documents have been permanently lost.
“This current policy is counterproductive to the interests of central Arkansans,” said Congressman Hill. “This is forcing hardworking moms and dads to choose between violating state law and going without working or attending necessary appointments. A driver’s license is necessary for a host of other operations as well, such as picking up vital medications. While it is important to protect our employees during the pandemic, this current policy has already had ramifications that have negatively impacted our community. Our federal agencies must take responsibility to amend this burdensome policy and generate a solution to this problem.”
“Helping Arkansans and providing constituent services is a core function of our offices. Residents have voiced concerns that current Social Security Administration policies are hampering their ability to obtain needed documents without having their day-to-day lives limited,” said Congressman Womack. “By raising the matter, I am hopeful we can responsibly resolve the issue.”
“Like most employers, executive agencies were forced to quickly implement new telework policies. Continue Reading →
You can watch all House and Senate Education Committee meetings and review the reports at www.arkansashouse.org. For every dollar of general revenue coming into the state, 41% is spent on K-12 public schools. Approximately, half of all school district revenues come from the state. Our current process of determining the amount of state funding for our schools goes back to 2003. The Public School Funding Act of 2003 develops per-pupil funding amounts by assigning costs to various educational inputs.
Those inputs range from staff salaries to transportation needs. Continue Reading →
Washington, DC: .U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton—along with Congressmen Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack, and Bruce Westerman—announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded Arkansas Public Housing Agencies $3,458,460 in funding to support the prevention, preparation, and response to the coronavirus pandemic in public housing. “As Arkansas continues to combat the impacts of COVID-19, it is important to put resources in the hands of our communities. These investments will provide locally-driven assistance to help protect and assist families and individuals in need throughout the Natural State,” members said. This latest round of HUD funding is part of a nationwide disbursement in public housing operating funds allocated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which became law with the support of the Arkansas delegation. HUD awarded funding to the following Arkansas Public Housing Agencies:
Crawford County Public Facilities Board$51,443Fayetteville Housing Authority$87,838Fort Smith Housing Authority$248,634Harrison Housing Authority$70,877Northwest Regional Housing Authority$86,642Pope County Public Facilities Board$23,577Russellville Housing Authority$20,923Siloam Springs Housing Authority$58,200Springdale Housing Authority$17,968
Other State Allocations
Arkadelphia Housing Authority$17,683Ashley County Housing Authority$26,819Benton Housing Authority$96,334Brinkley Housing Authority$885Cabot Public Housing Agency$49,090Camden Housing Authority$48,921Clarendon Housing Authority$2,800Clay County Public Housing Agency$18,123Conway County Housing Authority$32,564Conway Housing Authority$57,129Desha County Residential Housing Board$19,893DeValls Bluff Housing Authority$5,157Drew County Public Facilities Board$37,428Earle Housing Authority$7,830Franklin County Public Housing Agency$11,244Hope Housing Authority$16,208Hot Springs Housing Authority$141,014Jacksonville Housing Authority$57,466Johnson County Housing Authority$21,808Jonesboro Housing Authority$196,483Lake Village Housing Authority$14,587Lawrence County Public Housing Agency$46,563Lee County Housing Authority$33,449Logan County Housing Authority$13,557Lonoke County Housing Authority$36,357Little River County Housing Authority$6,204Little Rock Housing Authority$449,032McGehee Public Facilities Board$27,113Mississippi County Public Facilities Board$61,150North Little Rock Housing Authority$242,053Paragould Housing Authority$71,761Phillips County Public Housing Authority$47,006Pike County Housing Authority$7,369Pine Bluff Housing Authority$136,140Pocahontas Public Housing Agency$12,378Poinsett County Housing Agency$16,893Polk County Housing Authority$7,957Prescott Housing Authority$9,284Pulaski County Housing Authority$52,942Scott County Public Housing Agency$10,166Searcy Housing Authority$17,829St. Continue Reading →
Texarkana, AR: President Donald J. Trump mentioned Texarkana, Arkansas in an official Tweet. On July 29, the world following the Twitter account of the President of the United States awoke to a tweet mentioning Texarkana, Arkansas, and specifically the Texarkana Regional Airport. In an age of increasing social media, the tweet on July 29 may mark the first time in social media history for a President to mention Texarkana. The President’s tweet notes the $3.6 million in grants has been designated to the airport. For several months citizens of the area have been discussing the new airport design and construction date. Continue Reading →
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Washington, DC: U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton—along with Congressmen Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack, and Bruce Westerman— applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for awarding a $75 million loan to Arkansas Electric Co-op Corps through the Electric Infrastructure Loan and Loan Guarantee Program. As part of the Electric Loan Program, Arkansas Electric Co-op Corps is receiving these funds to build and improve electric transmission and distribution lines across the state, which will benefit thousands of residents in rural areas. The loan also includes funding for smart grid technology, which uses digital communications to detect and react to local changes in electricity usage. The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized these programs, allowing USDA to carry out rural broadband initiatives. “Rural broadband connectivity has always been an issue in Arkansas. Continue Reading →