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December, 2015

  • 30 December

    2015 in Review

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – The new year will begin with an extensive review of the single largest state agency, the Department of Human Services. The governor ordered the review, which will be headed by the lieutenant governor and which will examine the organizational structure of the department to determine if any areas lack resources or ...

  • 16 December

    State Finds a Way to Move Highway Projects Forward

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – When Congress approved a federal highway funding bill, it was good news not only for the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department but also for those in numerous states across the country. The measure guarantees federal transportation funding levels for the next five years, so state highway departments can budget for long-term ...

  • 9 December

    Boozman Statement on Passage of Bill to Repeal Obamacare; Defund Planned Parenthood

    BY U.S. SENATOR JOHN BOOZMAN – WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) released the following statement after voting for legislation to repeal the most burdensome provisions of Obamacare, allowing for the program to be replaced with one that provides real health care reform for the American people. The Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, which passed the Senate by ...

  • 9 December

    Ark. Increases Number of Foster Homes; Eliminates Backlog

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – Since August the state has added 109 foster homes with space for 232 more children, the governor announced at the dedication of a 33-bed residential home for children in Charleston. The state Division of Children and Family Services has eliminated a backlog of more than 1,200 foster parent inquiries, which is ...

  • 2 December

    Broadband Internet Proving Efficient Learning Tool for Students

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – In schools with high speed Internet access, teachers can post photographs and video clips of classroom projects online, where parents can see what their children are doing. Students with access to broadband don’t have to miss class time when winter weather turns bad. They can do lessons that have been specifically ...

November, 2015

  • 24 November

    EDMC Student Loans to be Forgiven After Fraud Probe

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – More than $703,000 in loans to about 800 former college students in Arkansas will be forgiven under a global settlement between state attorneys general, the federal Justice and Education Departments and the nation’s second largest for-profit higher education company. It’s called Education Management Corporation (EDMC) and nationally it has about 100,000 ...

  • 18 November

    State to Open New Veteran’s Facility; Seeks Long-Term Water Plan

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – More than 249,000 veterans live in Arkansas and more than 106,000 of them are older than 65. The state’s second long-term care facility for veterans is scheduled to open in North Little Rock at the end of 2016. Ground was broken in late July and in August the facility received a ...

  • 12 November

    Highway Funding Group has December Deadline

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – The deadline is approaching for the Governor’s Working Group on Highway Funding to formalize its list of ideas on how to generate revenue for highway and bridge projects. The group has been working since June, and its goal has been to come up with funding options that would raise about $160 ...

  • 4 November

    State Continues Statewide Broadband Planning

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – With the support of Senate and House leadership, a legislative committee voted to begin the complex process of providing broadband Internet access to all areas of Arkansas. The President Pro Tem of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives urged the Joint Committee on Advanced Communications and Information ...

October, 2015

  • 21 October

    Grants Awarded for Job Training Programs

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – Job training in Arkansas is aligning more closely with the needs of companies seeking to hire workers equipped with skills for the global economy. Two developments in state government last week were clear indicators of the trend. First, the Department of Workforce Services announced that 12 community colleges would receive about ...