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January, 2020

  • 22 January

    State of Arkansas House of Representatives Weekly Column

    Research tells us that 61% of low-income families have no age-appropriate books in their homes. Middle-income homes have an average of 13 books per child. On average, children in poverty have been exposed to only 25 hours of one-on-one reading, compared to middle-class children who have been exposed to 1,000-1,700 hours of one-on-one reading. Only 48% of young children are ...

  • 22 January

    Reflections from History and Faith: Choosing Life or Rights?

    By Jeff Olson Forty-seven years ago this week, January 22, 1973, the “Roe v. Wade” Supreme Court decision was issued. The history of abortion in our country is quite lengthy and complex. According to common law tradition inherited by United States from England, abortion before “quickening,” (or when the baby’s movements could be felt) was not a crime. In 1821, ...

  • 15 January

    State of Arkansas House of Representatives – House Committee Discusses E-waste

    In an age where technology moves at a rapid pace, electronic devices often become e-waste in only a few years after manufacturing. Electronic waste is commonly known as e-waste. It is defined as used electronics that are nearing the end of their useful life, and are discarded, donated or given to a recycler. The amount of worldwide e-waste generation in ...

  • 15 January

    Reflections from History and Faith: Religious Freedom Day

    By Jeff Olson Thursday, January 16th is Religious Freedom Day in America. This day was chosen because it is the anniversary of the passage of the Virginia Statute For Religious Freedom, drafted by Thomas Jefferson in 1777 and introduced and carried through to passage by James Madison in 1786. It would do well for each of us to read this ...

  • 8 January

    State Capitol Week in Review

    From Senator Larry Teague January 3, 2020 LITTLE ROCK – The Legislative Council endorsed a plan for two southeast Arkansas counties to contract with a private company to build and operate a 600-bed prison. Spokesmen have said that the company intends to begin construction this year, for between $15 million and $18 million. The facility will hold 500 state inmates ...

  • 8 January

    State of Arkansas House of Representatives

    As many of you are reflecting on 2019 and setting goals for 2020, we want to remind you of what is ahead for the Arkansas House in the New Year. In less than 10 weeks, Arkansans will be heading to the polls to cast ballots in the March 3 primary. This year, the General Assembly passed Act 545 which provides ...

  • 8 January

    Reflections from History and Faith – Ellis Island

    By Jeff Olson In recent years, the subject of immigration has become a major cultural, economic and political issue in America, and it will continue to be – primarily because our country’s immigration system is not functioning as originally intended. There was a time, however, when the system worked pretty well and a vial part of that included a very ...

  • 1 January

    Challenging Arkansas Youth

    Governor Hutchinson’s Weekly Address LITTLE ROCK – I recently spoke to the graduates of the Arkansas National Guard Youth Challenge, and today I would like to talk about the ways this program teaches at-risk youth in our state the skills they need to succeed. In 1993, Arkansas was one of the first states to launch the pilot Youth Challenge, which ...

  • 1 January

    Reflections From Faith and History: The Counsel of the Supper Table

    by Jeff Olson Thanksgiving and Christmas are not only special times of celebration, but they represent traditions which are part of our American and Christian heritage and they still serve as a tie that helps to bind us as a people. An important part of these celebrations is the time we spend around the dining table, enjoying wonderful food and ...

December, 2019

  • 18 December

    Reflections From History and Faith – The Innkeeper’s Decision

    By Jeff Olson We are now in the midst of that time of year when the customary seasonal activities surrounding Christmas occupy much of our personal time. You know – things such as shopping for that perfect gift, making plans for the kids (and perhaps grand kids too) to come home so the family can be together, attending or participating ...