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January, 2020

  • 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 ...

  • 11 December

    State of Arkansas House of Representatives

    Monthly revenue reports help to give us a picture of the state’s economy.  The reports show us if Arkansans are making more, spending more, and if businesses are doing well. Recent reports have created an optimistic outlook. Five months into the fiscal year, general revenue for the state continues to exceed expectations. In fact, more gross general revenue was collected ...

  • 11 December

    Governor Hutchinson Announces Intent to Grant Executive Clemency

    LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced his intent to grant 11 pardons and one firearm rights only. An additional 41 clemency requests were denied and five had no action taken upon them. These include requests from both inmates and non-inmates. The applicants intended for pardons have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole and probationary requirements and paid ...

  • 11 December

    Governor Hutchinson Announces New Computer Science and Cybersecurity Task Force

    LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson signed Executive Order 19-17 today establishing the State Computer Science and Cybersecurity Task Force and proclaimed December 9 – December 15 Computer Science Education Week in Arkansas. The task force will be composed of leaders in education, industry, and government. Members will assess the state’s computer science and cybersecurity education programs and make recommendations ...