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April, 2020

  • 8 April

    Governor Asa Hutchinson – Flattening the Curve in Arkansas

    LITTLE ROCK – Today I want to discuss the steps we have taken together to fight the coronavirus called COVID-19. Since March 11, the day I signed the Executive Order that declared a public health emergency, our public health team has guided our response and targeted our actions to stop this virus. I’d like to review a few of the ...

February, 2020

  • 26 February

    New Policies, Positive Outcomes

    LITTLE ROCK – In the past two years, the number of youths in state custody has declined by nearly thirty percent, and today I’d like to discuss some of the changes we have made to achieve that. During my first campaign for governor in 2014, I became concerned about the quality of care at our state’s juvenile detention centers and ...

December, 2019

  • 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 ...

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 ...