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January, 2017

  • 11 January

    My Last 500 Days

    BY LEANN DILBECK – That “aha” moment… when you know your time is running out. The once tiniest human in our home is now the tallest; and the one that we all call when we can’t reach something… the one that used to rely on his daddy to lift him above his head and fly with the angel to put ...

  • 4 January

    Gov. Hutchinson Approves Plant Board’s Amendment to the Pesticide Use and Restriction Regulation (“Dicamba Rule”); Tasks Board to Provide Clear Rules on Approval Process for New Technologies

    LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today sent a letter to the chairman of the Arkansas State Plant Board approving the board’s proposed amended regulation entitled Pesticide Use and Restriction. The Governor closely analyzed the three following issues as they were the most frequently referenced in his meetings and in public comments: (1) whether the Plant Board should completely ban dicamba ...

December, 2016

  • 21 December

    Year in Review

    BY US SENATOR DR. JOHN BOOZMAN –  As the 114th Congress comes to an end and we turn the page on 2016 it’s time to reflect on the achievements that will make a difference in the lives of Arkansans and all Americans. Earlier this year, the Washington Examiner reported that the Republican-led Senate is “passing bills at a rate that ...

  • 20 December

    Gov. Hutchinson Lays Out Agenda for 2017 Session

    LITTLE ROCK – In a news conference Tuesday morning, Governor Asa Hutchinson laid out his full list of priorities for the 2017 legislative session. Each of the announced initiatives fall into one of three categories, consistent with the Governor’s priorities: Economic Development, Education, and Efficiencies and Government Transformation. They are as follows: Economic Development: Retired Military Tax Cut Accelerator Program $50.5 ...

  • 9 December

    Cotton Applauds Senate Passage of the National Defense Authorization Act

    December 8, 2016 Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement applauding Senate passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2017: “Today the Senate passed a critical defense funding bill that will ensure the United States military remains the best fighting force in the world.  And it will provide our troops with the best training, equipment in ...

  • 9 December

    State Continues to Face Challenges in Juvenile Justice System

    From Senator Larry Teague December 2, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas lawmakers face an ongoing challenge to improve the state juvenile justice system. The latest issue arises from a contract that the state Division of Youth Services wants to sign with a private company to operate seven secure detention facilities for youths. After the division announced that it would award ...

  • 8 December

    Gov. Hutchinson Introduces New ArFuture Grant

    Pays Full Cost of Tuition for Community and Technical College December 8, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – Gov. Asa Hutchinson today announced the creation of the “Arkansas Future Grant” (ArFuture) for traditional, home school and non-traditional students in Arkansas. This state funded grant would be available on a first come, first serve basis and would provide two years of tuition and fees at ...

  • 8 December

    Boozman Votes to Increase Troop Pay & Protect Military’s Basic Housing Allowance in Defense Authorization

    December 8, 2016 WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman applauded passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a critical authorization bill that supports our nation’s troops, their families and our military installations. “This bill is vital to to ensuring that our men and women in uniform have the tools they need to protect our national security,” Boozman said. “Through ...

  • 8 December

    Senate Air Force Caucus Members Discuss Priorities with Senior Members of Air Force

    December 8, 2016 WASHINGTON – Members of the Senate Air Force Caucus met with U.S. Air Force leaders at the caucus’ biannual breakfast in Washington to discuss upcoming priorities and challenges of the Air Force. Chief of Staff of the Air Force General David Goldfein; Vice Chief General Steven Wilson and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody were ...

  • 8 December

    Congressman Bruce Westerman Receives Bernard L. Orell Award

    Co-Founder of Working Forests Caucus Honored at NASF Partners Reception in Washington WASHINGTON (December 7, 2016)—The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) today presented Congressman Bruce Westerman of Arkansas with the 2016 Bernard L. Orell Award at the NASF Partners Reception in Washington, DC. Rep. Westerman is a Yale School of Forestry-educated forester and is the only professional forester in ...