The legislature has begun budget hearings in preparation for the 2020 Fiscal Session, which convenes on April 8 and is scheduled to last a month.
Press Conference on Coronavirus
Senate Information Office: 501-682-5954
LITTLE ROCK – Health Department officials will join members of the legislative Committees on Public Health, Welfare and Labor for a press conference about the state’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, at 1 p.m. Monday, March 9, in the Old Supreme Court Room of the state Capitol.
Senator Missy Irvin of Mountain View is chair of the Senate Committee on Public Health, and Representative Jack Ladyman of Jonesboro of the House committee will be available, as will Dr. Nathaniel Smith, the state Secretary of Health.
They will outline the steps that state government is taking to keep the public updated and how to find the most recent information. Also, they will outline what protocol businesses should follow when staff need time off from work.
Expansion of Computer Science Classes is an Arkansas Success Story
An Arkansas success story that is attracting national attention is the expansion of computer science classes in public schools over the past five years.
Legislators Begin Thorough Review of Highway Projects and Financing
Last year the legislature voted to conduct an extensive review of the operations of the Arkansas Department of Transportation, to identify areas where improvements could be made.
DYS Presents Changes in Juvenile Treatment to Legislators
The governor, judges and legislators have all participated in changes to the juvenile justice system, with the goal of reducing the number of young people who are locked up in a secure location.
Arkansas Residents Can Now Schedule Driver's License Tests via Computer or Smart Phone
During the first week it was available, about 600 Arkansans took advantage of a new online service to schedule the driving portion of their test to get a driver’s license.
Report from Levee Task Force Recommends Ways to Protect Lives and Property
The Arkansas Levee Task Force has completed its final report, with recommendations on how to pay for maintenance and repairs, and how to best gauge the current condition of levees.
Senator Bledsoe Announces Press Conference, January 30, Against Recreational Marijuana
At a press conference at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 30, in the Old Supreme Court Room of the state Capitol, Senator Cecile Bledsoe of Rogers; Dr. Greg Bledsoe, the state Surgeon General; Kirk Lane, the state drug director; Jerry Cox, president of the Arkansas Family Council, and Larry Page, director of the Arkansas Faith and Ethics Council will urge Arkansas citizens to refuse to sign petitions in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana.
Legislative Changes Stabilized Workers' Comp Market
Thanks to legislation enacted in 1993, Arkansas continues to experience a competitive market for workers’ compensation insurance.
Legislature Commits to Funding of Special Education
Over the past decade, greater numbers of Arkansas children have been diagnosed with disabilities that require them to receive special education.