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Legislative Council Moves to Eliminate Waiting List for Home-Based Services for People with Developmental Disabilities

Over the next three years about 3,200 Arkansans with disabilities will be able to get Medicaid services at home or in their community, rather than in an institution. The Legislative Council approved the expansion of eligibility, submitted by the state Division of Developmental Disabilities Services.

Influence of PEER Subcommittee Grows With Influx of Federal Relief Funding

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic Arkansas has received billions of dollars in federal relief funding. The PEER subcommittee of the Legislative Council has grown significantly in importance because it reviews how state agencies, institutions of higher education and public schools proposed to spend those federal relief dollars.

Education Committee Finalizing Report on Adequacy

The Senate and House Committees on Education are scheduled to vote on next year’s adequacy report at their meeting in early October.

Statement of Senator Jason Rapert regarding Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade

Statement of Senator Jason Rapert regarding Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade

Statement from Senator Missy Irvin, Senate Education Committee Chair

Statement from Senator Missy Irvin, chair of the Senate Education Committee:

"I am so pleased to learn that all the parties have come to an agreement that will allow Mr. Nick Smith, Jr. the eligibility to play basketball during his senior year of high school, and I commend his parents for being strong advocates for their son."

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.