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September, 2019

  • 18 September

    Governor Hutchinson and U.S. Secretary Perdue Sign Shared-Stewardship Agreement

    LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson and United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Shared Stewardship today during a ceremony at the Arkansas Department of Agriculture. The MOU establishes a framework for the participating agencies to work more closely together to accomplish mutual goals, further common interests, and effectively respond to ecological challenges ...

  • 4 September

    Expanding Access for Those in Mental Health Crisis

    Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s Weekly Address LITTLE ROCK – Today I want to talk about what we are doing in Arkansas to expand access to mental health services and for those in need of drug-addiction counseling. In the two years since we transformed Medicaid coverage, the number of counselors has risen from 31 in 2017 to 207 this last year. That ...

August, 2019

  • 7 August

    Governor Hutchinson Authorizes $8.24 Million to Arkansas Counties for Voting Equipment, Maintenance

    (LITTLE ROCK)  Governor Asa Hutchinson announced on Thursday that $8.24 million was provided this week to the Secretary of State’s Office to allow Arkansas counties to improve voting equipment, programming, and maintenance. The funds were transferred from the Property Tax Relief Fund to the Secretary of State’s Office, which will issue the funds through the County Voting System Grant Fund. ...

July, 2019

  • 17 July

    Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Appointments

    (LITTLE ROCK)  Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced on Wednesday the following appointments: Dr. Rosilee Russell, Fort Smith, to the Advisory Council for the Education of Gifted and Talented Children. Appointment expires July 20, 2021. Reappointment. Caleb Plyler, Hope, to the Arkansas Beef Council. Appointment expires March 30, 2022. Reappointment. Velvet Medlock, Greenwood, to the Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy. ...

June, 2019

  • 12 June

    Governor Announces Intent to Grant Executive Clemency

    (LITTLE ROCK)  Governor Asa Hutchinson announced his intent to grant 9 pardons. An additional 44 clemency requests were denied and 5 had no action taken upon it. 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 all fines related to their sentences. Governor ...

April, 2019

  • 17 April

    Hutchinson Set To Reorganize State Cabinet Positions To Save About $15 Million A Year

    (LITTLE ROCK) Before the final day of the 2019 Arkansas State Legislative session began, Governor Asa Hutchinson said he wanted to reorganize government to reduce the number of state agencies reporting directly to him from 42 to 15. The plan was in House Bill 1763 by Rep. Andy Davis, R-Little Rock. Final action came on Wednesday, April 10th, when, after ...

  • 17 April

    Governor Signs Reorganization Plan Into Law

    (LITTLE ROCK)  Governor Asa Hutchinson on Thursday signed a 2,047-page bill into law that will implement his plan to reduce the number of state agencies reporting to him from 42 to 15, effective July 1. The Republican governor also announced the creation of a transition team to help with the implementation of House Bill 1763 by Rep. Andy Davis, R-Little ...

  • 17 April

    Lifetime Resident Disabled Veterans License for Hunting and Fishing and Lifetime Duck and Trout Stamp

    (LITTLE ROCK) Governor Asa Hutchinson has signed Senate Bill 397, that creates an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission resident disabled veterans license that includes a lifetime combination hunting and fishing license, a lifetime Arkansas duck stamp and an Arkansas trout stamp. AGFC Director Pat Fitts said the license will double the reach of eligible recipients to over 14,000 disabled veterans. ...

March, 2019

  • 20 March

    Minimum Wage in Arkansas

    LITTLE ROCK – In the election last fall, the voters of Arkansas approved an increase in the state’s minimum wage. It will rise to $11 an hour by January 2021. Some non-profit organizations, small businesses, and others are concerned that a mandatory increase in wages will hurt their operations and even their ability to survive. I understand their concerns. That ...

February, 2019

  • 13 February

    Largest Highway Spending Plan in State’s History Announced by Governor and Legislature

    Governor Asa Hutchinson joined legislative leadership this morning to announce details of a proposed $300 million, long-term highway plan. At $300 million in increased annual revenue to State Highways, this plan would be the largest in Arkansas’s history. The plan is broken down into two parts, the first of which is an extension of the half-cent sales tax of 2012 ...