Wednesday, September 15, 2021
There are three legislative meetings scheduled this month to review proposals for congressional redistricting.
Sunday, September 12, 2021
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas legislators continue to support a statewide expansion of broadband service as quickly as possible, especially in areas where there is no Internet at all and in places where the technology is obsolete.
Rice is grown in over 40 Arkansas counties. The crop contributes billions to the state’s economy and accounts for approximately 25,000 jobs, crucial to rural communities.
Friday, September 03, 2021
This week, the Arkansas Legislative Council Higher Education Subcommittee reviewed details of a new program designed to benefit Arkansans who have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
LITTLE ROCK – A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of the state Education Department, and against four south Arkansas school districts that want to be exempt from the state school choice law.
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
All Sevier County Libraries has returned to Curbside Service only. The Sevier County Library Board dislikes having to make this decision but for the safety of employees and patrons it is necessary.
Everyone has a responsibility to ensure students arrive at and from school safely. This includes being mindful of student safety when approaching school buses.
LITTLE ROCK – The number of people who live in Arkansas increased by about 95,600 over the past 10 years, a growth rate of 3.3 percent that brought the state’s population to more than three million people.
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Legislative Council approved a funding request of more than $245 million to help hospitals and nursing homes recruit and retain staff, and to cope with extraordinary expenses caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee met on Monday to begin the discussion on the redistricting process for Congressional districts in Arkansas.
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
LITTLE ROCK – Legislators gathered at the Capitol in Little Rock to affirm the governor’s declaration of a public health emergency for 60 days.
This week, House members convened in the House Chamber for two orders of business.
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Wow July flew right by didn’t it? Now into August and school starting back up. Seems like we didn’t have a summer. Since everything seems back to school, we changed things up again and are not holding a back to school story time, this year we wanted to focus on fun.
LITTLE ROCK – This year computer and electronic equipment will be included in the Arkansas sales tax holiday.
This week, a subcommittee of Arkansas Legislative Council that provides oversight for Arkansas Game and Fish and Arkansas State Police heard from Arkansas State Police Director Col. Bill Bryant regarding recent successes and challenges facing state troopers.
Friday, July 23, 2021
LITTLE ROCK – In the regular session of 2021 the legislature approved at least 25 new election laws that will go into effect on July 28.
Saturday, July 17, 2021
LITTLE ROCK – The state Department of Human Services has installed a new system for filling out applications for social services.
Arkansans know that no summer barbecue is complete without fresh watermelon. Our state may not be the largest producer of watermelon, but Arkansas communities lay claim to being the home of the world’s largest and the world’s sweetest.
Friday, July 09, 2021
LITTLE ROCK – The state Board of Education has approved another round of plans submitted by Arkansas school districts that want the option of offering online classes in the fall.
Arkansas started a new fiscal year this week, and final reports for the previous year give us an optimistic outlook about the future of our economy.
Thursday, July 01, 2021
LITTLE ROCK – As the Arkansas tourism industry recovers from the economic impacts of the pandemic, the governor announced the creation of a new Office of Outdoor Recreation.
There are currently 58,000 Arkansans who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. It is estimated that 67,000 will be diagnosed by 2025.
The De Queen Library has received a book donated by Joyce Miller Sonnier titled “Me and My Breast Cancer”. She hopes that this book may help someone in need. This book is available for in house reading only.
Friday, June 25, 2021
This week, the Arkansas Legislative Council Highway Commission Review and Advisory Subcommittee reviewed a presentation regarding Arkansas’ inland waterways.
LITTLE ROCK – State Medicaid officials are asking the federal government for approval of ARHOME, the newest version of Medicaid expansion.
Sunday, June 20, 2021
This week, we would like to remind families of an upcoming scholarship deadline. July 1 is the deadline to apply for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship.
LITTLE ROCK – The state will commit $17 million to extending a runway at the Ebbing Air National Guard Base in Fort Smith.
Monday, June 14, 2021
What makes Sevier County a great place to live? Is it the strong sense of community, natural beauty or diverse population? I believe our home has many attributes that make it one of Arkansas’s top places to be. But, as a long-time resident and now parent, I also know there’s more we can, and…
Thursday, May 27, 2021
The Collaborative Summer Reading Program for all Sevier County libraries begin in June. This year’s theme is Tails and Tales. There will be contests, prizes, stem programs, games and activities, snacks and loads of fun. So check out below the dates and times of each library’s program.
LITTLE ROCK – The state is now offering help to low-income families who have fallen behind on their rent because of financial problems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
This week, we want to direct your attention to a program that could help Arkansans struggling to pay rent and utilities due to the pandemic.
Thursday, May 20, 2021
When an officer is killed, it is not only a loss to the agency, it’s a loss to our entire state.
LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas legislature enacted several new pro-life laws during the 2021 regular session.
Thursday, May 13, 2021
From when you can drive in the left lane to regulating autonomous cars, the 93rd General Assembly made several changes to laws regarding our roadways.
LITTLE ROCK – The legislature referred three proposed constitutional amendments to Arkansas voters.
Sunday, May 09, 2021
LITTLE ROCK – The legislature brought the 2021 regular session to a close with a dramatic midnight meeting to approve a Sovereignty Act, which declares new federal laws invalid if they infringe on the right to bear arms.
The House is now in an extended recess for the 2021 Regular Session.
Sunday, May 02, 2021
Happy Mother’s Day Month to all the Mother’s, and parents that have that roll.
LITTLE ROCK – Fiscal issues took center stage during the final week of the legislative session.
This week, the Joint Budget Committee advanced two bills outlining the proposed budget for the next fiscal year.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
This week, the House passed several bills which will increase various tax credits and exemptions.
LITTLE ROCK – The legislature has enacted numerous reforms to Arkansas election laws.
Sunday, April 18, 2021
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas became the first state in the nation to prohibit physicians from performing gender transition procedures on minors, either through surgery or hormone therapy.
By the end of the 13th week of the 2021 Regular Session, more than 600 bills were signed into law.
Thursday, April 08, 2021
LITTLE ROCK – The legislature has approved a broad reform of the laws governing water providers, a measure that sponsors have been working on for the past four years.
Close to 500 bills have been signed into law so far during the 2021 Regular Session.
Thursday, April 01, 2021
Happy Easter Bok Bok from the ladies at the De Queen Branch Library. We hope you all have a Happy Easter.
LITTLE ROCK – The legislature voted to extend the 2021 session until April 30, and then to recess for an extended period rather than to adjourn.
The 11th week of the session was an abbreviated one as the General Assembly took a recess for Spring Break. Before members left the Capitol, the House Public Health, Welfare, and Labor Committee advanced a new version of the Medicaid expansion program.
Thursday, March 25, 2021
In the 10th week of the 2021 Regular Session, the House passed several bills focusing on improved education.