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New Census Shows 3.3 Percent Population Growth in Arkansas

The number of people who live in Arkansas increased by about 95,600 over the past 10 years, a growth rate of 3.3 percent that brought the state’s population to more than three million people.

Legislative Council Approves $145 Million in Emergency Funding for Hospitals and Nursing Homes

The Arkansas Legislative Council approved a funding request of more than $245 million to help hospitals and nursing homes recruit and retain staff, and to cope with extraordinary expenses caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The money comes from a massive federal act known as the American Rescue Plan.

Legislature Affirms Declaration of Public Health Emergency

Legislators gathered at the Capitol in Little Rock to affirm the governor’s declaration of a public health emergency for 60 days.

Legislation Requires Antidotes to Accompany Opioid Prescriptions

Act 651 of 2021 mandates that when a physician prescribes opioids, the physician must also prescribe naloxone, a drug that can quickly reverse the effects of an overdose.