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Registering to Vote Requires "Wet Signature" Unless Done by Certain State Agencies

The deadline to register to vote in the November 5 general election falls on Monday, October 7. Keep in mind that county clerks may not accept voter registration forms signed digitally, unless they are submitted by certain state agencies.

Average Arkansas Teacher Salaries Now Rank 45th in the U.S.

Arkansas teacher salaries went up 3.2 percent last year, to an average of $54,309. That ranked Arkansas 45th in the country. 

Drug Overdose Fatalities in Arkansas Decline Again

The number of fatalities in Arkansas due to drug overdoses declined faster than the national average last year, according to records maintained by the Centers for Disease Control. From 2022 to 2023 the number of fatalities dropped by 13.7 percent, from 591 fatalities caused by an overdose to 510 fatalities.

Letter from Senator Blake Johnson

Letter from Senator Blake Johnson to Mr. Alonza Jiles

David Wallace - Press Release

Arkansas State Senator David Wallace (R-19th Dist.) today announced a new legal opportunity for survivors of childhood sexual abuse in Arkansas to seek civil justice and accountability against their perpetrators – a second two-year revival window beginning February 1, 2024 during which claims can be brought.

Press Release from Senator Missy Irvin on Attorney General's Opinion (2023-059)

This week the Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin submitted an Opinion (2023-059) to clarify the laws concerning Arkansas School Board Association’s policies concerning previous legislation I had written.

The laws the legislature created were very clear in their purpose and intent.  It was brought to my attention that a school board had a policy mirroring a federal model that would violate those laws.  Therefore, I sought the Attorney General’s opinion.

Christmas in the Capitol will be December 6

Legislators and other elected officials are gathering gifts for children in state custody, which they will present during a “Christmas in the Capitol” celebration at noon on December 6 in the Old Supreme Court Room of the State Capitol.

Republican Women's Caucus to Present Agenda at Noon Thursday in Old Supreme Courtroom

Republican Women's Caucus to Present Agenda at Noon Thursday in Old Supreme Courtroom

Press conference on SB 6 to Be Held Wednesday at 11:45 a.m.

Senator Jason Rapert will be joined by other legislative sponsors of Senate Bill 6 and representatives of the Arkansas Family Council and Arkansas Right to Life at a press conference in the state Capitol Rotunda at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, February 10.