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Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders

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About the Governor:

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is the 47th Governor of Arkansas.

Inaugurated on January 10, 2023, she is the first woman to serve as governor of the state and currently is the youngest governor in the country.

Since taking office, Sarah has enacted transformational, conservative reforms. Those include Arkansas LEARNS, a sweeping overhaul of Arkansas’ education system, including higher teacher pay and universal school choice; public safety reforms to invest in prison space and get repeat offenders off the streets; tax cuts to give more taxpayer money back to Arkansans; the Natural State Initiative to grow Arkansas’ outdoor economy; and reforms to streamline state government.

In just her first 100 days, Sarah delivered the Republican response to President Joe Biden’s State of the Union Address, offering a bold vision for a new generation of conservative leadership.

Prior to her historic victory, Sarah served as White House Press Secretary for President Donald J. Trump from 2017 to 2019. A trusted confidant of the President, she advised him on everything from press and communications strategy to personnel and policy. Sarah was only the third woman – and the very first mom – to ever hold the job of White House Press Secretary.

Sarah joined the Trump campaign as a senior advisor in February 2016 during the Republican primary and continued in that role through the President’s historic victory that November.

She has previously worked in leadership roles for U.S. Senators, Governors, and presidential campaigns. In Arkansas, Sarah was a senior advisor to U.S. Senator Tom Cotton’s 2014 victorious campaign and was campaign manager for U.S. Senator John Boozman’s winning campaign in 2010. In 2007 and 2008, Sarah helped lead her father, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, to victory in the Iowa Caucuses and seven other states as his national political director. Sarah also served in the Department of Education during President George W. Bush’s administration.

She has been recognized in Fortune and TIME Magazine “40 under 40.” Sarah is the author of the New York Times bestseller “Speaking for Myself,” a former Fox News Channel contributor, and served on the Fulbright board.

Sarah grew up in Pine Bluff and Texarkana and is a proud graduate of Little Rock Central High and Ouachita Baptist University.

She lives in Little Rock with her husband, Bryan, their children Scarlett, Huck, and George, and their golden retriever, Traveler.

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Sanders Declares Disaster Areas from May 8, 2024, Severe Storms and Tornadoes

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS COME - GREETINGS: DR 24-05: DECLARING DISASTER AREAS FROM MAY 8, 2024, SEVERE STORMS AND TORNADOS WHEREAS: On May 8, 2024, severe storms and tornadoes struck Arkansas and caused dangers, hardships, and suffering…

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Governor Sanders Calls a Special Session of the General Assembly

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS COME - GREETINGS: PROCLAMATION TO CALL A SPECIAL SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON JUNE 17, 2024, AT 12:00 P.M. WHEREAS: An extraordinary occasion has arisen making it necessary to convene the 94th General…

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Governor Sanders Sends Letter to Cabinet Secretaries and Department Directors Outlining Budget Expectations for Biennial Budget

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders sent a letter to her cabinet secretaries and department directors laying out the expectations for the 2025 – 2027 biennial budget. The text of the letter is below and can be found here. Dear…

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Sanders Orders Flags to Half-Staff to Mourn the Lives Lost From the May 26th Storms

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS COME – GREETINGS: WHEREAS: In the early morning of Sunday, May 26, 2024, severe storms and tornadoes caused significant damage to communities in northern Arkansas; WHEREAS: Arkansans in these communities…

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Sanders Signs an Executive Order to Provide Relief Pursuant to the Emergency Declared in Executive Order 24-07

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS COME – GREETINGS: E.O. 24-09: EXECUTIVE ORDER TO PROVIDE RELIEF PURSUANT TO THE EMERGENCY DECLARED IN EXECUTIVE ORDER 24-07 WHEREAS: On May 24, 2024, severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes began in Arkansas,…

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Governor Sanders' Request for Major Disaster Declaration Approved by President Biden

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ request for a Major Disaster Declaration from President Joe Biden to support recovery efforts in communities impacted by the severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes that began on May 24, 2024,…

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Sanders Requests Major Disaster Declaration from President Biden

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders today requested a Major Disaster Declaration from President Joe Biden to support ongoing recovery efforts in communities impacted by the severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes that began on May 24,…

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Sanders Signs an Executive Order to Authorize Paid Leave for State Employees Affected by Severe Weather on or About May 24, 2024

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS COME - GREETINGS: EXECUTIVE ORDER AUTHORIZING EMERGENCY PAID LEAVE FOR CERTAIN STATE EMPLOYEES WHOSE PRINCIPAL RESIDENCES ARE OR WERE ADVERSELY IMPACTED BY THE SEVERE WEATHER EMERGENCY DECLARED IN…

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Readout of the Governor's Call with the President of the United States

BENTONVILLE, AR - Following Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ call with President Joe Biden, Sanders’ spokeswoman Alexa Henning released the following readout: “This morning, Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders and President Joe Biden…

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Sanders Signs an Executive Order to Declare an Emergency and Authorize Funds for Severe Storms, Tornadoes and Flooding on or About May 24, 2024, and Continuing

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS COME - GREETINGS: EO 24-07:? EXECUTIVE ORDER TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY AND AUTHORIZE FUNDS FOR SEVERE STORMS, TORNADOES, AND FLOODING ON OR ABOUT MAY 24, 2024, AND CONTINUING WHEREAS:? On or about…

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Readout of the Governor's Phone Call with Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Deanne Criswell

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Following a call with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Deanne Criswell, Sanders’ spokeswoman Alexa Henning released the following readout: “This morning, Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders spoke…

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Arkansas Breaks Economic Records

More Arkansans are working than ever before LITTLE ROCK, AR - Recent economic news shows that Arkansas’ economy is booming under Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ bold leadership and pro-growth policies. This comes even as…

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Sanders, ANRC Announce More Than $79 Million for Arkansas Water Projects

LITTLE ROCK, AR - On Friday, Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced more than $79 million in financial assistance for 25 water and wastewater projects serving more than 587,000 Arkansans. The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission approved this…

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Sanders Calls a Special Election in Benton County to Fill the Vacancy for the Republican Nominee for Justice of the Peace, District 4

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS COME — GREETINGS: A PROCLAMATION CALLING FOR A CONVENTION TO FILL THE VACANCY IN NOMINATION FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY NOMINEE FOR THE BENTON COUNTY OFFICE OF JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, DISTRICT 4. WHEREAS:…

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Sanders Calls a Special Election in Benton County to Fill the Vacancy for the Democrat Nominee for Justice of the Peace, District 4

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS COME - GREETINGS: A PROCLAMATION CALLING FOR A CONVENTION TO FILL THE VACANCY IN NOMINATION FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY NOMINEE FOR THE BENTON COUNTY OFFICE OF JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, DISTRICT 4. WHEREAS: On…

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Sanders Amends DR 23-01 to Provide Additional Funding for January 2, 2023 Severe Storms and Flooding Damage

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS COME — GREETINGS: DR 24-04: AMENDING DR 23-01 TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR SEVERE STORMS AND FLOODING ON JANUARY 2, 2023 WHEREAS: On or about January 02, 2023, severe storms, tornadoes, and…

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Sanders Announces Pine Bluff as Arkansas' Capital for a Day on May 15th

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS COME – GREETINGS: WHEREAS: Pine Bluff was one of the earliest cities established in Arkansas after the then-territory was acquired by the United States. Sitting on the Arkansas River upstream from Arkansas…

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Sanders, Commerce Department Announce $20M to Grow State's Nursing Pipeline

LITTLE ROCK, AR - On Monday,GovernorSarah Huckabee Sanders, Secretary Hugh McDonald, and Cody Waits, Director of Arkansas Workforce Connection, announced more than $20 million in training grants to support the development of the nursing profession…

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Sanders' Letter to Governors, Arkansas Legislature Concerning the Mental Health Crisis Kids are Facing Driven by Social Media

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders sent a copy of Jonathan Haidt’s book, “The Anxious Generation,” to the governors of every U.S. state and territory along with a letter encouraging governors to come together to…

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Sanders Declares Disaster Areas from January 22, 2024 Storms and Flooding

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS COME - GREETINGS: DR 24-02: DECLARING DISASTER AREAS FROM JANUARY 22, 2024 STORMS AND FLOODING WHEREAS: On January 22, 2024, severe storms and flooding struck Arkansas and continue to cause dangers,…

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Sanders Declares Disaster Areas from March 14, 2024 Tornadoes and Flooding

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS COME - GREETINGS: DR 24-03: DECLARING DISASTER AREAS FROM MARCH 14, 2024 TORNADOES AND FLOODING WHEREAS: On March 14, 2024, severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding struck Arkansas and continue to cause…

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Sanders' Letter to Governors, Arkansas Legislature Concerning the Mental Health Crisis Kids are Facing Driven by Social Media

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Sanders Delivers Remarks at the Unveiling of the Daisy Lee Gatson Bates Statue in Statuary Hall

WASHINGTON, DC - Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders delivered remarks at the unveiling of the Daisy Lee Gatson Bates Statue in Statuary Hall on Wednesday, May 8th. The Governor’s remarks as prepared are below: It is a privilege to be here in…

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Sanders Receives Outdoor Recreation Leadership Award

WASHINGTON, DC - Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders received the first ever “Outdoor Recreation Leadership” award at the Outdoor Recreation Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, May 7th. “I’m honored to receive…

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Sanders Proclaims Economic Development Week in Arkansas

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS COME - GREETINGS: WHEREAS: Economic developers stimulate and foster entrepreneurism to help establish the next generation of new businesses, which is the hallmark of the American economy; WHEREAS: Economic…

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Sanders Announces Appointments

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced the following appointments: Post-Prison Transfer Board Willie Robinson, Little Rock, to the Parole Board. Term to expire January 14, 2030. Previously vacant position. …

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Sanders, AEDC Announce 17 Community Grants Totaling Nearly $8.5 Million

LITTLE ROCK, AR - On Thursday, Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders along with Secretary Hugh McDonald, AEDC Director Clint O’Neal, and Director of AEDC’s Grants Division Jean Noble, announced the Arkansas Economic Development Commission has…

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Bills Signed: HB1008, HB1012, HB1020, HB1023, HB1029, HB1033, HB1035, HB1036, HB1037, HB1041, HB1045, HB1051, HB1061, HB1062, HB1064, HB1065, HB1074, HB1077, HB1090, HB1097, SB3, SB4, SB10, SB11, SB19, SB28, SB29, SB31, SB47, SB51, SB53, SB54, SB58, SB60,

LITTLE ROCK, AR - On Friday, May 3, 2024, the Governor signed into law: HB1008 - An Act for the Department of Education - Educational Television Division Appropriation for the 2024-2025 Fiscal Year HB1012 - An Act for the Department of Public…

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Sanders Signs an Executive Order to Protect Arkansas Students, Women, and Girls

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS COME – GREETINGS: E.O. 24-06: EXECUTIVE ORDER TO PROTECT ARKANSAS STUDENTS, WOMEN, AND GIRLS WHEREAS: Title IX was signed into law in 1972 and contained a succinct 37 words; WHEREAS: Title IX was passed…

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Sanders Renews Waiver for Transport of FEMA Housing Units in Ongoing Response to March 31, 2023 Tornadoes

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME – GREETINGS: E.O. 24-05: EXECUTIVE ORDER TO AMEND E.O. 24-02 (RENEWING WAIVER FOR OVERSIZED VEHICLES TRANSPORTING FEMA HOUSING UNITS IN RESPONSE TO EMERGENCY) WHEREAS: On March 31, 2023, severe…

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National Education Nonprofit: Arkansas Has Highest Starting Teacher Pay in America Thanks to LEARNS Act

LEARNS raised starting teacher pay from $36,000 to $50,000 LITTLE ROCK, AR - TNTP, formerly The New Teacher Project, an education nonprofit that helps schools recruit and retain teachers, released its Moving Up report on Arkansas’ teacher…

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Bills Signed: SB26, SB30, SB33, SB43, SB46, SB65, SB66, SB67, SB68, SB69, SB70, SB71, SB72, SB73, SB74, SB75 SB76, HB1002, HB1004, HB1005, HB1006, HB1009, HB1010, HB1013, HB1014, HB1016, HB1017, HB1018, HB1021, HB1022, HB1026, HB1028, HB1031, HB1034, HB10

LITTLE ROCK, AR - On Thursday, April 25, 2024, the Governor signed into law: SB26 - An Act to Make an Appropriation for the Payment of Approved Claims SB30 - An Act for the Auditor of State - Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys Appropriation for…

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Governor Sanders and Secretary Oliva’s Letter to Secretary Cardona

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Governor Sanders and Secretary Oliva to Secretary Cardona: Your Department is a Constant Source of Frustration for Americans and Arkansans

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Arkansas Secretary of Education Jacob Oliva sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona regarding his visit to Arkansas, the federal government’s disastrous rollout of…

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Gov. Sanders, Secretary Oliva Announce Nicole Walsh as Superintendent for School for the Deaf

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Today, Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Arkansas Department of Education Secretary, Jacob Oliva, are excited to announce that Nicole Walsh, a veteran educator who holds certifications in both K-12 deaf/hard of hearing and…

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Sanders Orders Flags to Half-Staff to Mourn Former U.S. Senator David Pryor

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS COME – GREETINGS: WHEREAS: David Hampton Pryor was born on August 29, 1934, in Camden, Arkansas, and was a former Arkansas State Representative, United States Representative, Governor of Arkansas, and United…

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Governor Sanders, DHS, and ADE Announce Launch of Summer EBT Program Applications

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS), and the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) today announced that the state of Arkansas has formally launched the Summer Electronic Benefit…

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Governor Sanders' Statement on the Passing of Former U.S. Senator David Pryor

Little Rock, AR - Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders released the following statement on the passing of former U.S. Congressman, Arkansas Governor, and U.S. Senator David Pryor: “Bryan and I are mourning the death of a dedicated Congressman,…

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FGA Names Sanders Governor of the Year

Little Rock, AR - Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders received the “Governor of the Year” award at the Arkansas Policy Recognition Dinner hosted by the Foundation for Government Accountability on Thursday, April 18th. “I’m…

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Bills Signed: HB1007, HB1024, HB1025, HB1027, HB1032, HB1038, HB1050, HB1057, HB1066, HB1067, HB1070, HB1071, HB1075, HB1076, SB2, SB5, SB7, SB8, SB14, SB15, SB18, SB20, SB34, SB36, SB37, SB38, SB39, SB41, SB42, SB48, SB49, SB52, SB55, SB56, SB57, SB59, S

Bills Signed: HB1007, HB1024, HB1025, HB1027, HB1032, HB1038, HB1050, HB1057, HB1066, HB1067, HB1070, HB1071, HB1075, HB1076, SB2, SB5, SB7, SB8, SB14, SB15, SB18, SB20, SB34, SB36, SB37, SB38, SB39, SB41, SB42, SB48, SB49, SB52, SB55, SB56, SB57,…

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Bills Signed: HB1003, HB1001

Little Rock, AR - On Wednesday, April 17, 2024, the Governor signed into law: HB1003, The General Appropriation Act for the 2024-2025 Fiscal Year. HB1001, An Act for the Arkansas House of Representatives of the Ninety-Fourth General Assembly…

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Governor Sanders Delivers State of the State Address

LITTLE ROCK, Ark–Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders delivered the State of the State Address after the convening of the 94th General Assembly Fiscal Session on Wednesday, April 10th. The Governor's remarks as prepared are below: Speaker…

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Sanders Announces Appointments

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced the following appointments: Board of Trustees of Southern Arkansas University Gary Sewell, El Dorado, to the Board of Trustees of Southern Arkansas University. Term expires…

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Sanders Calls for A Convention to Fill the Vacancy in Nomination for the Republican Party Nominee for the Office of the House of Representatives, District 66

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS COME — GREETINGS: A PROCLAMATION CALLING FOR A CONVENTION TO FILL THE VACANCY IN NOMINATION FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY NOMINEE FOR THE OFFICE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 66. WHEREAS: On March 15,…

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Sanders Releases Funds from the Response and Recovery Fund Ahead of the Eclipse

LITTLE ROCK, Ark–Today, Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders released funds from the Response and Recovery Fund and made the following statement: "Out of an abundance of caution, I've directed funds to be released from the Response and Recovery…

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Sanders Names Dr. Ken Warden Commissioner of the Arkansas Division of Higher Education

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced today that she will name Dr. Ken Warden as the Commissioner of the Arkansas Division of Higher Education. “I am pleased to announce that Dr. Ken Warden will serve as the…

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Sanders Names Dr. Ken Warden Commissioner of the Arkansas Division of Higher Education

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Following the Governor’s meeting with Arkansas elected prosecutors, State Senator Ben Gilmore, and State Representative Jimmy Gazaway, Sanders’ spokeswoman Alexa Henning released the following readout:…

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Proclamation on Month of the Military Child and Purple Up Day

WHEREAS: Our military families help sustain our fighting force, and it is important to emphasize and recognize the critical role of their dependents while their parents serve our nation; WHEREAS: The Arkansas Council for Military…

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Sanders' Veto Letter for HB1189

To President Pro Tempore Hester and Speaker Shepherd: I am returning without my approval House Bill 1189, legislation entitled “An Act to Create the Arkansas Behavior Analyst Licensure Act,” which seeks to create a state-based…

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Sanders' Veto Letter for HB1176

To President Pro Tempore Hester and Speaker Shepherd: Pursuant to Article 6, Section 17 of the Arkansas Constitution, I write to inform you of my disapproval of Section 2, Page 4, Line 21 of House Bill 1176, “An Act for the Department of…

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Sanders' Veto Letter for HB1622

To President Pro Tempore Hester and Speaker Shepherd: I am returning without my approval House Bill 1622, legislation entitled “To Create the Heart Attack Task Force; and To Provide for the Powers and Duties of the Heart Attack Task…

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Bills Signed: HB1020, HB1096, HB1117, HB1119, HB1133, HB1168, HB1177, HB1192, HB1231 …

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – On Thursday, April 13, 2023, the Governor signed into law: HB1020, to amend the Uniform Limited Liability Company Act; and to revise charging orders under the Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. HB1096, an Act for…

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Bills Signed: SB9, SB426, SB504, SB556, SB237, SB444, SB510, SB562, SB312, SB448, SB512 …

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – On Wednesday, April 12, 2023, the Governor signed into law: SB9, an Act for the Arkansas Public Defender Commission appropriation for the 2023-2024 fiscal year. SB426, to extend maternity leave for state employees;…

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Sanders' Veto Letter for SB509

To President Pro Tempore Hester and Speaker Shepherd: I am returning without my approval Senate Bill 509, legislation entitled “To Amend the Law Concerning Stipends for Members of the Board of Corrections and to Amend the Law Concerning…

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Sanders Signs SB396

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — On Wednesday, April 12, 2023, the Governor signed into law: SB396, to create the Social Media Safety Act; to require age verification for use of social media; and to clarify liability for failure to perform age…

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Sanders Signs SB461, SB462, SB464, SB472, SB558, SB559, SB497, SB557, SB362, SB560, HB1783, SB498

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — On Thursday, April 13, 2023, the Governor signed into law: SB461, to amend the Arkansas Historic Rehabilitation Income Tax Credit Act; and to amend the amount of the Arkansas Historic Rehabilitation Income Tax Credit. …

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Bills Signed: HB1011, HB1169, HB1348, HB1649, HB1788

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – On Tuesday, April 11, 2023, the Governor signed into law: HB1011, to require medicaid coverage and reimbursement for depression screening for pregnant women. HB1169, an act for the Department of Agriculture –…

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Sanders' Request for 100 Percent Federal Cost Share Approved

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders today announced that her request for a 100 percent federal cost share, for a 30 day period, for state and local resources spent on storm debris cleanup and emergency protective measures in…

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Bills Signed: HB1594, HB1653, HB1674, HB1296, HB1408, HB1501, HB1503, HB1695, HB1729, HB1129, HB1273, HB1274, HB1275, HB1640, HB1690, HB1707, HB1067, HB1207, HB1369, HB1555, HB1579, HB1621, HB1641, HB1703, HB1559, HB1576, HB1619, HB1009, HB1102, HB1462,

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – On Monday, April 10, 2023, the Governor signed into law: HB1594, to create a sales tax exemption for the Disabled American Veterans Organization. HB1653, to prohibit the purchase of small, unmanned aircrafts…

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Sanders Signs SB549 and HB1045

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — On Monday, April 10, 2023, the Governor signed into law: SB549, to reduce the income tax rates applicable to individuals, trusts, estates, and corporations, and HB1045, to enhance economic competitiveness by phasing out…

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Bills Signed: HB1084, HB1179, HB1261, HB1427, HB1452, HB1522

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – On Thursday, April 6, 2023, the Governor signed into law: HB1084, an act for the Department of Finance and Administration appropriation for the 2023-2024 fiscal year. HB1179, an act for the Department of Parks,…

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Sanders Orders Flags to Half-Staff on April 8, 2023

WHEREAS: Roy C. “Bill” Lewellen was born in Lee County and raised in Marianna, Arkansas; WHEREAS: Senator Lewellen was the second Black person to serve in the Arkansas Senate in the 20th century; WHEREAS: In 1991, Senator…

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Sanders' Request for Major Disaster Declaration for this Winter's Severe Storms Approved by President Biden

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ request for a Major Disaster Declaration from President Joe Biden to support ongoing recovery efforts in communities impacted by severe winter storms from January 30, 2023, to February…

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Bills Signed: SB207, SB253, SB277, SB296, SB309, SB322, SB334, SB338, SB357, SB368, SB374, SB397, SB418, SB483, SCR7, HB1292, HB1303, HB1333, HB1349, HB1358, HB1407, HB1438, HB1440, HB1517, HB1523, HB1527, HB1550, HB1571, HCR1009, HB1600, HB1599, HB1457,

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – On Tuesday, April 4, 2023, the Governor signed into law: SB207, to modify the Arkansas Corporate Franchise Tax Act of 1979; and to create the secretary of state business and commercial services electronic filing system…

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Proclamation on a Day of Prayer and Action Across Arkansas in Response to the March 31, 2023, Tornadoes

WHEREAS: On Friday, March 31, 2023, one week ago, severe tornadoes moved across Arkansas, resulting in injuries, fatalities, and significant damage to property; WHEREAS: The citizens of Little Rock, North Little Rock, Sherwood, and…

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Sanders Requests Major Disaster Declaration from President Biden

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders today requested a Major Disaster Declaration from President Joe Biden to support ongoing recovery efforts in communities impacted by the tornadoes on Friday, March 31, which caused severe…

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Sanders' Request for Major Disaster Declaration Approved by President Biden

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ request for a Major Disaster Declaration from President Joe Biden to support ongoing recovery efforts in communities impacted by the tornadoes on Friday, March 31, was approved today. …

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Sanders Launches One-Stop Website for Tornado Recovery

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders today launched helparkansas.com, a one-stop website for tornado recovery resources. This website includes information on federal, state, local, and charitable resources for tornado victims, as…

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Sanders Requests 100 Percent Federal Cost Share for Tornado Cleanup Expenses

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders today requested a 100 percent federal cost share for state and local resources spent on the first 30 days of debris cleanup and emergency protective measures in Pulaski, Lonoke, and Cross…

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Readout of the Governor's Call with FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Following a call with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Deanne Criswell, Sanders’ spokeswoman Alexa Henning released the following readout: “This evening, Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders…

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Readout of the Governor's Call with the Secretary of Homeland Security

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Following a call with the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Sanders’ spokeswoman Alexa Henning released the following readout: “This morning, Governor Sarah Huckabee…

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Readout of the Governor's Call with the President of the United States

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Following a call with President Joe Biden, Sanders’ spokeswoman Alexa Henning released the following readout: “This morning, Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders and President Joe Biden spoke by phone and discussed…

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Proclamation to Declare a State of Emergency in Arkansas - March 31, 2023

WHEREAS: On March 31, 2023, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes struck Arkansas and continue to cause dangers, hardships, and suffering throughout the state, which in turn, warrants this executive action; WHEREAS: Great hardship has fallen…

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Proclamation on National Vietnam War Veterans Day

WHEREAS: Through The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act, signed into law in 2017, March 29 is recognized as National Vietnam War Veterans Day and the State of Arkansas will honor and recognize the service and sacrifice of our Vietnam War era…

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Bills Signed: HCMR1001, SB273, HB1307, HB1512, SB288, SB318, HB1008, HB1520, SB249, SB263, SB401, HB1208, HB1327, HB1424, HB1443, HB1467, HB1474, HB1496, SB81, SB248, HB1412, HB1463, HB1471, HB1533, HB1534, HB1535, HB1143, SB23, SB24, HB1071, SB102, SB10

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – On Thursday, March 30, 2023, the Governor signed into law: HCMR1001, in respectful memory of Arkansas Department of Corrections Sergeant Joshua Caudill. SB273, to amend election law concerning polling sites; and to…

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Proclamation on Arkansas Agriculture Week

WHEREAS: Agriculture is Arkansas’ largest industry, contributing more than $19 billion annually to our state’s economy and providing the state with 243,165 jobs or one of every seven jobs. Our diverse agricultural production includes…

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Proclamation on World Down Syndrome Awareness Day

WHEREAS: Down syndrome is a genetic disorder affecting one in over 700 babies, or approximately 6,000 births per year in the United States; WHEREAS: Occurring from an individual having a full or partial extra copy of chromosome number 21, Down…

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Bills Signed: SB190, HB1156, SB195, SB292, SB346, SB347, HB1411, HB1425, SB291, HB1007, HB1035, HB1360, HB1518, HB1546, SB282, HB1423, HB1426, HB1448, HB1459, HB1470, HB1473, HB1487, HB1557, SB209, SB333, SB348, HB1434, HB1469, HB1481, HB1524, HB1525, HB

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – On Tuesday, March 21, 2023, the Governor signed into law: SB190, to amend the process by which a public school district may obtain a waiver. HB1156, concerning a public school district or open-enrollment public…

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Readout of the Governor's Roundtable with Arkansas Agriculture Leaders

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Following a roundtable discussion with Arkansas agriculture leaders, Sanders’ spokeswoman Alexa Henning released the following readout: “Today, Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders hosted a roundtable discussion…

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Proclamation on Women's History Month

WHEREAS: Arkansas recognizes the month of March as Women’s History Month, established in 1987 by Congress to celebrate the contributions American women have made to strengthen the nation since its inception; WHEREAS: Women’s…

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Sanders Requests Major Disaster Declaration from President Biden

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders today requested a Major Disaster Declaration from President Joe Biden to support ongoing recovery efforts in communities impacted by the severe winter weather in January and February of this…

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Bills Signed: SB254, SB280, SB293, SB307, SB343, HB1405, HB1461, HB1464, HB1510, SB251, HB1394, HB1431, SB91, SB112, SB323, SB344, SB267, HB1328, HB1338, SB1389, HB1483, SB94, SB297, HB1482, HB1484, HB1497, HB1065, HB1075, HB1079, HB1080, HB1081, HB1106,

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – On Thursday, March 16, 2023, the Governor signed into law: SB254, an act to eliminate write-in candidates in elections; to amend election procedures; and to amend the law concerning election. SB280, to amend the law…

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Sanders, Boozman, Cotton, Womack Applaud Selection of Fort Smith for F-35 Fighter Planes, Singapore Air Force Squadron

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders, U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton and Congressman Steve Womack applauded the U.S. Air Force’s selection of Ebbing Air National Guard Base in Fort Smith as the home of…

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Governor Sanders' Letter to Secretary of Transformation and Shared Services Joseph Wood Concerning the State Pay Plan Proposal

Dear Secretary Wood: As Governor, I have been clear that my goal is to look for ways to boldly reform state government to be more responsive and responsible to the taxpayers of our great state. One of the largest costs for any department…

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Signing Letter to Accompany HB1493

Dear Secretary Thurston, When the 2003 Arkansas Legislature amended the fee for filing a last will and testament, they failed to amend the rest of the code. House Bill 1493 is a correction to bring clarity to existing law. While §…

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Proclamation to Declare Scott County a Disaster Area

WHEREAS: On or about March 1, 2023, severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding began, and continued thereafter, causing great damage to private property and public facilities in various jurisdictions in Arkansas; WHEREAS: Adverse circumstances…

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Proclamation to Declare Conway County a Disaster Area

WHEREAS: On or about February 8, 2023, severe storms and flooding began, and continued thereafter, causing great damage to private property and public facilities in various jurisdictions in Arkansas; WHEREAS: Adverse circumstances have been…

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Sanders Appoints Kevin Crass to the Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced today that she will appoint Kevin Crass to the Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas. Crass will replace Charles Gibson and his term will expire on March 1, 2033. …

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Sanders' Statement on the Arkansas House Passing Arkansas LEARNS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Today, Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders released the following statement after the Arkansas House passed the Arkansas LEARNS bill: “The Arkansas House made history today by passing my Arkansas LEARNS bill by an…

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Bills Signed: HB1018, HB1115, HB1153, HB1162, HB1186, HB1187, HB1191, HB1224, HB1279, HB1284, HB1283, HB1289, HB1290, HB1291, HB1295, HB1294, SB117, SB186, SB194, SB212, SB213, SB217, SB232

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — On Thursday, March 2, 2023, the Governor signed into law: HB1018, to allow members of a municipal fire department bomb squad to lawfully carry a weapon in certain circumstances. HB1115, to amend the definition and…

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Sanders Appoints Jeff Long as Director of Arkansas Crime Information Center

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced today that she will appoint Jeff Long to serve as the Director of the Arkansas Crime Information Center. “Today, I am proud to be appointing Jeff Long to serve as the…

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Proclamation on Arkansas State Parks Centennial Year

WHEREAS: One hundred years ago, Governor Thomas Chipman McRae signed into law an act authorizing the acceptance of land for parks and state reservations in Arkansas; and WHEREAS: Through the passion, pursuit, and founding vision of Dr. T.W.…

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Sanders Appoints Kevin Crass to the Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced today that she will appoint Kevin Crass to the Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas. Crass will replace Charles Gibson and his term will expire on March 1, 2033. …

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Sanders' Statement on the Arkansas House Passing Arkansas LEARNS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Today, Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders released the following statement after the Arkansas House passed the Arkansas LEARNS bill: “The Arkansas House made history today by passing my Arkansas LEARNS bill by an…

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Bills Signed: HB1018, HB1115, HB1153, HB1162, HB1186, HB1187, HB1191, HB1224, HB1279, HB1284, HB1283, HB1289, HB1290, HB1291, HB1295, HB1294, SB117, SB186, SB194, SB212, SB213, SB217, SB232

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — On Thursday, March 2, 2023, the Governor signed into law: HB1018, to allow members of a municipal fire department bomb squad to lawfully carry a weapon in certain circumstances. HB1115, to amend the definition and…

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Sanders' Statement on the Arkansas Senate Passing Arkansas LEARNS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Today, Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders released the following statement after the Arkansas Senate passed the Arkansas LEARNS bill: “Arkansas is one step closer to unleashing the most bold, comprehensive,…

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Bills Signed: SB78, SB198, HB1031, SB65, SB72, SB191, SB192, SB210, HB1308, SB196, SB193, SB247, HB1161, HB1185, SB43

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — On Friday, February 24, 2023, the Governor signed into law: SB78, to remove the requirement for member contributions to the Arkansas Judicial Retirement System in the event that a judge or justice has forfeited his or…

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Bills Signed: HB1094, HB1139, HB1371, HB1372, HB1373, HB1374, HB1375, HB1376, HB1377, HB1378, HB1386, HB1387, HB1388, HB1390, HB1391, HB1392, HB1403, HB1163, HB1196, HB1182, SB138, SB187, SB188, SB59, SCR4, SCR6

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — On Monday, February 27, 2023, the Governor signed into law: HB1094, an act for the commissioner of state lands appropriation for the 2023-2024 fiscal year. HB1139, an act for the Arkansas public employee’s…

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Sanders to Appoint Dr. Kay Chandler as Arkansas Surgeon General

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced today that she will appoint Dr. Kay Chandler to serve as the Arkansas Surgeon General. “I am pleased to announce that Dr. Kay Chandler will serve as Arkansas’ next…

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Readout from the Governor's Roundtable Discussion on Reducing Crime and Violence in Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Following Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ roundtable discussion on reducing crime and violence in Little Rock, Sanders’ spokeswoman Alexa Henning released the following readout: “Today, Governor Sarah…

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Sanders to Appoint Tom Fisher as the Arkansas Drug Director

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Today, Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that she will appoint Tom Fisher to serve as the Arkansas Drug Director. “As the Biden Administration refuses to secure our southern border – allowing deadly,…

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Bills Signed: SB180, SB214, HB1019, SB42, SB57, SB87, SB98, SB99, SB132, HB1171, HB1265, HB1321, SB111, SB141, SB114, SB100, HB1198, HCR1007, HB1344

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – On Friday, February 16, 2023, the Governor signed into law: SB180, to amend the law to adopt certain terms and requirements established by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. SB214, an act for the Department of…

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Proclamation on Daisy Gatson Bates Day

WHEREAS: Daisy Lee Gatson Bates was born on November 11, 1914, in Huttig, Arkansas. Bates’s life began marred by the atrocities of racism when her mother was assaulted and beaten by three white men, leaving her in the care of family…

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Sanders' Statement on Arkansas LEARNS Bill Filing

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Today, Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders released the following statement after the Arkansas LEARNS bill was filed: “Arkansas is making history today with the introduction of my signature Arkansas LEARNS legislation…

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Sanders Appoints Natural State Advisory Council

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Today, Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that she will appoint 17 outdoor recreation and business leaders to the Natural State Advisory Council, serving alongside Chairman Bryan Sanders. “I am proud to…

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Proclamation on A Day to Recognize Home Schooling in Arkansas

WHEREAS: The State of Arkansas officially recognized home schooling as a form of nonpublic education with the passage of Act 40 of 1985; WHEREAS: There were 30,205 home schooled students in the state during the 2021-2022 school year; WHEREAS:…

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Sanders Appoints Shash Goyal, Annemarie Dillard Jazic, Glen Johnson, John Schmelzle, and Jon Wickliffe to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced today that she will appoint Shash Goyal, Annemarie Dillard Jazic, Glen Johnson, John Schmelzle, and Jon Wickliffe to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. Each of these…

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Bills Signed: SB37, SB69, SB70, SB34, SB116, HB1050, HB1064, HB1362, HB1188, HB1193, HB1201, HB1026, SB101, HB1026, SB101, HB1091, HB1157, HB1280, HB1166, HB1197, HB1282, HB1278, HB1281, HB1175

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — On Tuesday, February 21, 2023, the Governor signed into law: SB37, an act for the Arkansas Supreme Court appropriation for the 2023-2024 fiscal year. SB69, an act for the administrative office of the courts –…

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Readout from the Governor's Roundtable with African American Business Leaders

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Following Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ roundtable discussion with African American business leaders, Sanders’ spokeswoman Alexa Henning released the following readout: “Governor Sarah Huckabee…

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Sanders to Appoint Mike Rogers as Chief Workforce Officer

BENTON, Ark. – Today, Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that she will appoint Mike Rogers to serve as Chief Workforce Officer. “I’m pleased to announce that Mike Rogers will be Arkansas’ first-ever Chief Workforce…

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Bills Signed: HB1165, HB1112, HB1111, HB1110, HB1099, HB1015, SCR2, SB58

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— On Thursday, February 9, 2023, the Governor signed into law: HB1165, to amend Arkansas law concerning the twenty-first district of the state district court system. HB1112, to amend the law concerning a student’s…

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WTAS: Statements of Support for Arkansas LEARNS

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) – “Leading by example. Showing that America’s kids deserve the best and taking action to give it to them. Great stuff @SarahHuckabee.” Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida – “@SarahHuckabee…

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Bills Signed: HB1108, HB1155, HB1178, HB1042, SB6, HB1200, HB1251, HB1098, HB1144, HB1127, HB1250, HB1267, HB1164, HB1202, HB1199, HB1184, HB1183, SB115, SB84, SB27, HB1060, HB1061, HB1066, HB1068, HB1069, HB1070, SB25, HCR1001, SCR3

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — On Monday, February 13, 2023, the Governor signed into law: HB1108, to modify the number of members of the Arkansas Dietetics Licensing Board that constitutes a quorum and that may call a special meeting; and to authorize…

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Readout from the Governor's Roundtable Discussion on Human Trafficking in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Following Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ roundtable discussion on human trafficking in Arkansas, Sanders’ spokeswoman Alexa Henning released the following readout: “Today, Governor Sarah Huckabee…

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Myth vs. Fact: Arkansas LEARNS

Myth: “Educational Freedom Accounts will hurt public education and close rural schools.” FACT: Actually, the opposite is true. Research shows that Educational Freedom Accounts lead to better outcomes in traditional public schools.…

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Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders Unveils Arkansas LEARNS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Today, Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders unveiled Arkansas LEARNS alongside state legislators, students, parents, and teachers at the Arkansas State Capitol. Click here For More…

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Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders Will Deliver Republican Address to the Nation

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Tonight, Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R-AR) will deliver the Republican Address to the Nation following the State of the Union. Below are excerpts from the Address: In the radical left’s America, Washington taxes…

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Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders Delivers the Republican Address to the Nation

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Tonight, Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R-AR) delivered the Republican Address to the Nation following the State of the Union. Below is the text of the Address as prepared for delivery: “Good evening. I’m Sarah…

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Readout from the Governor's Calls with County Judges

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Today, Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders spoke by phone with Dallas County Judge Chris Stanfield, Cleveland County Judge Jimmy Cummings, and Jefferson County Judge Gerald Robinson to discuss damages and power outages in their…

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Bills Signed: HB1014, HB1024, HB1040, HB1123, HB1125, HB1147

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— On Friday, February 3, 2023, the Governor signed into law: HB1014, to allow online training for county coroners; to provide for additional training courses for county coroners; and to provide that a person with a felony…

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Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders of Arkansas Will Deliver Republican Address to the Nation

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R-AR) will deliver the Republican Address to the Nation from Little Rock,…

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Proclamation on Black History Month

WHEREAS: Each year, February is designated Black History Month, a time for honoring and exploring the culture and history of African Americans and recognizing that our society’s rich diversity is one of our greatest strengths; WHEREAS: …

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Proclamation on Career and Technical Education Month in Arkansas

WHEREAS: Career and technical education (CTE) offers students the opportunity to gain the academic, technical, and employability skills necessary for true career readiness; WHEREAS: Students in career and technical education programs…

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Proclamation to Declare a State of Emergency in Arkansas

WHEREAS: On or about January 30, 2023, severe winter weather began in Arkansas and continues to cause dangers, hardships, and suffering throughout the state, which in turn, warrants this executive action; WHEREAS: Within the State of…

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Readout of the Governor's Visit to J.F. Wahl Elementary School

Readout of the Governor's Visit to J.F. Wahl Elementary School HELENA-WEST-HELENA, Ark. – Following Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ visit to J.F. Wahl Elementary School in Helena-West Helena, Ark., Sanders’ spokeswoman Alexa…

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Readout of the Governor's Visit to Cornerstone Christian Academy

Readout of the Governor's Visit to Cornerstone Christian Academy TILLAR, Ark. – Following Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ visit to Cornerstone Christian Academy in Tillar, Ark., Sanders’ spokeswoman Alexa Henning released the…

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Bills Signed: HB 1023, HB 1090, HB 1100, HCR 1002, HCR 1005, SB 10, SB 12, SB 46

Bills Signed: HB 1023, HB 1090, HB 1100, HCR 1002, HCR 1005, SB 10, SB 12, SB 46 LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— On Thursday, January 26, 2023, the Governor signed into law: HB 1023, an act to require flags purchased with public funds to be made…

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Readout of the Governor's Roundtable with Arkansas Energy Leaders and Stakeholders

Readout of the Governor's Roundtable with Arkansas Energy Leaders and Stakeholders LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Following Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ roundtable discussion with Arkansas energy leaders and stakeholders, Sanders’…

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Proclamation on Disaster Relief in Arkansas, Ashley, Clay, Garland, Lincoln, and Phillips Counties

Proclamation on Disaster Relief in Arkansas, Ashley, Clay, Garland, Lincoln, and Phillips Counties WHEREAS: On or about January 02, 2023, severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding began, and continued thereafter, causing great damage to private…

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Sanders Appoints David Haak to the Arkansas Highway Commission

Sanders Appoints David Haak to the Arkansas Highway Commission LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced today that she will appoint David Haak to serve as a member of the Arkansas Highway Commission. Haak will…

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Sanders Statement on Arkansas Supreme Court Vacating the Order Blocking the Mask Mandate Ban

Sanders Statement on Arkansas Supreme Court Vacating the Order Blocking the Mask Mandate Ban LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Today, Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders released the following statement after the Arkansas Supreme Court vacated the order…

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Proclamation on Arkansas Parental Choice Week

Proclamation on Arkansas Parental Choice Week WHEREAS: All children in Arkansas should have access to the highest-quality education possible; WHEREAS: Arkansas recognizes the important role that an effective education plays in preparing all…

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Proclamation on A Day of Tears in Arkansas

Proclamation on A Day of Tears in Arkansas WHEREAS: On January 22, 1973, the majority of the United States Supreme Court ruled that abortion was a right secured by the United States Constitution; WHEREAS: That decision nullified abortion…

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Sanders Appoints Chief Chris Chapmond as Director of the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training

Sanders Appoints Chief Chris Chapmond as Director of the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Today, Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that she will appoint Chief Chris Chapmond to serve…

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Sanders Reverses Official Position of the Governor on the Constitutionality of Arkansas' Ban on Mask Mandates by Public Entities

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that she is reversing the official position of the governor on the constitutionality of Arkansas’ ban on mask mandates by public entities. “Yesterday, I reversed the…

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Sanders Appoints Eric Jackson, Dr. Trey Berry, and Rebecca Baker to the Arkansas State Parks, Recreation, and Travel Commission

Sanders Appoints Eric Jackson, Dr. Trey Berry, and Rebecca Baker to the Arkansas State Parks, Recreation, and Travel Commission LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced today that she will appoint Eric Jackson, Dr. Trey…

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Readout of the Governor's Remarks to the Arkansas Sheriffs' Association Luncheon

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Following Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ remarks to the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Association Winter Conference, Sanders’ spokeswoman Alexa Henning released the following readout: “Today, Governor Sarah…

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Sanders Appoints Jamol Jones to the Arkansas Parole Board

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced today that she will appoint Jamol Jones to the Arkansas Parole Board. Jones’ appointment will expire on January 14, 2030, and he will be replacing Jerry Riley. …

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Sanders Appoints Michael Mayton to the Workers' Compensation Commission, Doyle Webb to Chair the Arkansas Public Service Commission

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced today that she will appoint Michael Mayton to the Workers’ Compensation Commission and Doyle Webb to be the chair of the Arkansas Public Service Commission. Mayton’s…

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Bills Signed: HCR 1003, HCR 1004, HB 1051

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— On Monday, January 16, 2023, the Governor signed into law: HCR 1003, for a joint session of the House of Representatives and the Senate at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 10, 2023, to declare election results, to administer…

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Sanders Statement on Executive Order to Repeal COVID-19 Executive Orders

Sanders Statement on Executive Order to Repeal COVID-19 Executive Orders LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Today, Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders released the following statement after signing an executive order to repeal COVID-19 executive orders:…

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Sanders Names Clint O'Neal Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission

Sanders Names Clint O'Neal Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced today that she will name Clint O’Neal Executive Director of the Arkansas…

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Sanders Appoints Caleb Osborne Division of Environmental Quality Director and Chief Administrator of Environment

Sanders Appoints Caleb Osborne Division of Environmental Quality Director and Chief Administrator of Environment LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Today, Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that she will appoint Caleb Osborne to serve as Division…

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Readout of the Governor's Emergency Management Briefing with Director AJ Gary

Readout of the Governor's Emergency Management Briefing with Director AJ Gary LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Following an in-person briefing at the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) with Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Director of…

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Readout of the Governor's Meeting with House and Senate Leadership

Readout of the Governor's Meeting with House and Senate Leadership LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Following a meeting with Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders and House and Senate leadership, Sanders’ spokeswoman Alexa Henning released the following…

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Sanders Delivers Remarks to Joint Session of the 94th General Assembly

Sanders Delivers Remarks to Joint Session of the 94th General Assembly LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders delivered remarks to the Joint Session of the 94th General Assembly after being sworn in as the 47th governor of…

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Sanders Delivers Inaugural Address

Sanders Delivers Inaugural Address LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Today, Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders delivered her inaugural address from the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol. Remarks as prepared for delivery: “Speaker Shepherd,…

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Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Appointments - January 6, 2023

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson on Jan 6th, announced the following appointments: Keith Chrestman, Jonesboro, as Circuit Judge for the Second Judicial Circuit. Term expires on December 31, 2024. Replaces Judge Cindy Thyer. Jim…

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Sanders Announces Intent to Reappoint Daryl Bassett Secretary of the Department of Labor and Licensing

Sanders Announces Intent to Reappoint Daryl Bassett Secretary of the Department of Labor and Licensing LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Governor-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders today announced her intention to reappoint Daryl Bassett as the Secretary of…

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Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Appointments- January 6, 2023

Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Appointments- January 6, 2023 LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced the following appointments: Keith Chrestman, Jonesboro, as Circuit Judge for the Second Judicial Circuit. Term expires…

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Sanders Announces Intent to Nominate Allison Bragg as Inspector General

Sanders Announces Intent to Nominate Allison Bragg as Inspector General LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Governor-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders today announced her intention to nominate Allison Bragg as Inspector General. “Allison Bragg shares…

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Sanders Announces Intent to Nominate Joe Profiri as Secretary of the Department of Corrections

Sanders Announces Intent to Nominate Joe Profiri as Secretary of the Department of Corrections LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Governor-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders today announced her intention to nominate Joe Profiri, a key criminal justice leader for…

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address: W.I.N.S. in 2022

Governor Hutchinson's weekly radio address can be found in MP3 format and downloaded HERE. LITTLE ROCK – As 2022 comes to an end, I have been reflecting on my time as Governor and looking forward to what is ahead. In January, I…

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Governor Hutchinson Appoints Forrest Marks as ASP Colonel

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson on Dec 29th, announced his appointment of Lt. Col. Forrest Marks as Colonel of the Arkansas State Police (ASP). Lt. Col. Marks is succeeding Col. Bill Bryant, who will retire on December 31, 2022. Lt.…

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Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma Hydrogen Partnership Encouraged to Submit Full Application for Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs Program

LITTLE ROCK – On Dec 27th, Govs. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, John Bel Edwards of Louisiana and J. Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma announced that the United States Department of Energy (DOE) has encouraged the HALO Hydrogen Hub to submit a Full…

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address:Joys of the Holidays

Governor Hutchinson's weekly radio address can be found in MP3 format and downloaded HERE. LITTLE ROCK – On behalf of the state of Arkansas, I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a blessed holiday season. Christmas is my favorite…

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Governor Asa Hutchinson to Commemorate Milestones Met on Blue Mountain Natural Area Project

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson, Secretary Stacy Hurst of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, and Director Scott Simon of The Nature Conservancy of Arkansas will be on hand at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 20, to…

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address: Ending the COVID Vaccine Mandate for Military

Governor Hutchinson's weekly radio address can be found in MP3 format and downloaded HERE. LITTLE ROCK – A few weeks ago, I joined 20 of my fellow governors in a letter to Congressional leaders asking them to repeal the Biden…

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address-Ending the Covid Vaccine Mandate for Military

Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address-Ending the Covid Vaccine Mandate for Military LITTLE ROCK – A few weeks ago, I joined 20 of my fellow governors in a letter to Congressional leaders asking them to repeal the Biden…

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address: Commissions’ Reports Aim to Assist Women and Advance Future Mobility

Governor Hutchinson's weekly radio address can be found in MP3 format and downloaded HERE. LITTLE ROCK – This week I received reports from two important commissions I created earlier this year, and today I’d like to discuss those…

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Arkansas Council on Future Mobility to Present Report to Governor Hutchinson on December 8, 2022

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Council on Future Mobility will present its report to Governor Asa Hutchinson at a press conference on Dec 8th, afternoon. WHAT: Arkansas Council on Future Mobility Final Report WHEN: Thursday, December 8, 2022 |…

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Office of Computer Science Announces New Initiative for Middle School Students and Teachers

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) Office of Computer Science is pleased to announce a new program, “Read, Code, Create” for middle school students and teachers across the state. This program was developed…

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Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Intent to Grant Executive Clemency

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson on Dec 6th, announced his intent to grant 42 pardons, three restorations of firearm rights only, and two commutations. An additional 52 clemency requests were denied and two had no action taken upon them.…

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ICYMI: Governor Hutchinson Delivers Address at 'A Time For Choosing' Speaker Series

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson delivered the following remarks earlier this week at the "A Time For Choosing" Speaker Series at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA. You can watch Governor Hutchinson's speech HERE.…

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address: Firearms and Ammunition Industry

Governor Hutchinson's weekly radio address can be found in MP3 format and downloaded HERE. LITTLE ROCK – When I ran for Governor in 2014, I wanted to be the jobs governor, and on Dec 2nd, I’d like to talk about our work to bring…

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address - Thankful

Governor Hutchinson's weekly radio address can be found in MP3 format and downloaded HERE. LITTLE ROCK – Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and reflect on the things with which we’ve been blessed. As I look back on the…

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Governor Hutchinson Declares November 20-26 as Arkansas Turkey Week

Governor Hutchinson Declares November 20-26 as Arkansas Turkey Week LITTLE ROCK – Today, Governor Hutchinson joined the Arkansas Department of Agriculture, industry partners, and agriculture leaders in declaring November 20-26 as Arkansas…

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address: An Arkansas Tradition Unlike Any Other

Governor Hutchinson's weekly radio address can be found in MP3 format and downloaded HERE. LITTLE ROCK – This weekend begins a special tradition in the Natural State, and on Nov 18th, I’d like to talk about what this means to me and…

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address: Thank You, Veterans

Governor Hutchinson's weekly radio address can be found in MP3 format and downloaded HERE. LITTLE ROCK – On Nov 11th, I would like to talk about celebrating our veterans and recognizing the sacrifices they have made for our freedoms.…

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Governor Hutchinson Presents Final Balanced Budget To The Joint Budget Committee

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson presented his final balanced budget to the Joint Budget Committee: As Governor Hutchinson’s administration comes to an end, Arkansas is in the strongest financial position in the state’s…

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address Expanding Health Services with Life360 HOMEs

Governor Hutchinson's weekly radio address can be found in MP3 format and downloaded HERE. LITTLE ROCK – On Nov 4th, I would like to talk about how Arkansas is expanding health services for several populations with greater health needs…

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Governor Hutchinson Announces Expansion To Rural Health Services With ARHOME Medicaid Program

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas’s request to amend its Medicaid expansion program, Arkansas Health and Opportunity for Me (ARHOME), to include an innovative service called Life360 HOMEs has been approved by the Centers for Medicare (CMS) and…

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Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Intent to Grant Executive Clemency

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson on Nov 1st, announced his intent to grant 10 pardons and two commutations. An additional 51 clemency requests were denied and none had no action taken upon it. These include requests from both inmates and…

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address: The Essence of Our Democracy

LITTLE ROCK – On Oct 28th, I would like to talk about the essence of our democracy which is our right as citizens to vote. Voting is a responsibility that we all share whether we are Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or Independent. …

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Governor Hutchinson Announces Historic Increase To Computer Science Enrollment for Fall Semester

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson on Oct 21st, has announced an update to the Computer Science enrollment numbers. In 2015, when the governor started the computer science initiative there were fewer than 50 computer science teachers across…

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address: Arkansas’s Historic Economic Growth

LITTLE ROCK – On Oct 21st, I would like to talk about a priority I’ve had since taking office in 2015. Job creation is critical to our economic growth and our future as a state. When I was elected, there were 1.2 million people…

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address Arkansas's Historic Economic Growth

Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address Arkansas's Historic Economic Growth Governor Hutchinson's weekly radio address can be found in MP3 format and downloaded HERE. LITTLE ROCK – Today I would like to talk about a priority I’ve had…

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Governor Hutchinson Announces Historic Increase To Computer Science Enrollment for Fall Semester

Governor Hutchinson Announces Historic Increase To Computer Science Enrollment for Fall Semester LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today has announced an update to the Computer Science enrollment numbers. In 2015, when the governor…

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Governor Hutchinson Joins 18 Governors To Oppose Biden's Proposed Project Labor Agreement Mandate

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson and 18 other governors have submitted a letter in opposition to the proposed federal rule giving a preference to union construction contracts. Earlier this year, President Biden signed an executive…

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address: Biden’s Proposed Marijuana Policy

Governor Hutchinson's weekly radio address can be found in MP3 format and downloaded HERE. LITTLE ROCK – On Oct 14th, I would like to talk about the recently proposed policies on marijuana from the Biden administration, and why the…

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2022 Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year Contest Winners Announced at Arkansas Farm to School Month Proclamation Ceremony

LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Arkansas Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce that Governor Asa Hutchinson has proclaimed October as Arkansas Farm to School month. The proclamation was celebrated on Oct 12th, at Pinnacle View Middle School…

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Governor Hutchinson Selected to Lead National Education Organization

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson has been selected as Chairman of the Education Commission of the States (ECS), a national, nonpartisan organization that serves as a partner to state education leaders. "It is an honor to have been…

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address New Center Assists Forest Business

Governor Hutchinson's weekly radio address can be found in MP3 format and downloaded HERE. LITTLE ROCK – On Oct 7th, I’d like to talk about the recent opening of a new academic center to promote the forest industry in Arkansas. …

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Governor Hutchinson Issues Statement In Response To Biden's Proposed Marijuana Reform Policy

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson issued the following response to statements by the Biden administration on Marijuana Reform in the United States: “The President, in his announced policy on marijuana, has waived the flag of…

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Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Intent to Grant Executive Clemency

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson on Oct 4th, announced his intent to grant 4 pardons. An additional 53 clemency requests were denied and one had no action taken upon it. These include requests from both inmates and non-inmates. The…

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Governor Hutchinson and Arkansas Department of Agriculture Announce State Meat Inspection Program

LITTLE ROCK, AR – On Oct 5th, Governor Asa Hutchinson, state legislative members, agriculture industry leaders, and the Arkansas Department of Agriculture announced approval of the state meat inspection program, finalized in a cooperative…

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Arkansas Century Farm Program Honors 37 Farm Families from 25 Counties

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Governor Asa Hutchinson was joined on Oct 4th, by Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward and the Arkansas Department of Agriculture in inducting 37 additional Arkansas farms into the Arkansas Century Farm Program. …

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address: Expanding Electric Vehicle Infrastructure in Arkansas

Governor Hutchinson's weekly radio address can be found in MP3 format and downloaded HERE. LITTLE ROCK – On Sep 30th, I would like to talk about how we are expanding opportunities for electric vehicle industries in our state. First, to…

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Governor Appoints Katie Anderson As Chairman Of The Arkansas Public Service Commission

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson on Sep 29th, announced his appointment of Katie Anderson of Scott as Chairman of the Public Service Commission. Anderson currently serves as an Administrative Law Judge for the Arkansas…

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address: Celebrating the Heritage of Hispanic Americans

Governor Hutchinson's weekly radio address can be found in MP3 format and downloaded HERE. LITTLE ROCK – On Sep 23rd, I would like to talk about Hispanic Heritage Month and what this occassion represents. Hispanic influence can be seen in…

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Governor Hutchinson Appoints Mark White as Secretary of The Department of Human Services

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson on Sep 22nd, announced his appointment of Mark White of Bryant as the Secretary of the Department of Human Service. He will replace Cindy Gillespie. White currently serves as Chief of Staff and Chief…

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address: Life Lessons from the Friday Night Lights

Governor Hutchinson's weekly radio address can be found in MP3 format and downloaded HERE. LITTLE ROCK – Every year, near the end of Summer, the smell of popcorn, face paint, and freshly mowed grass fills the air in cities and towns…

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Governor Hutchinson Announces Resignation of Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Human Services Cindy Gillespie

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson on Sep 15th, announced that Cindy Gillespie will resign as Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Human Services. “Cindy Gillespie has given the state of Arkansas her experience, management…

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Governor Hutchinson Announces Opposition To Proposed Rules Undermining Women's Sports

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson announced his opposition to proposed amendments to the regulations on implementing Title IX in a news conference Thursday afternoon. "The proposed rules would make it clear that sexual orientation and…

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Arkansas Women's Commission to Meet in Jonesboro on Wednesday, September 14, 2022

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Women's Commission will convene for their monthly meeting at the Delta Center for Economic Development in Jonesboro at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. The Commission is studying and analyzing women's…

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address: Supporting Fairness for States’ Workers

Governor Hutchinson's weekly radio address can be found in MP3 format and downloaded HERE. LITTLE ROCK – On Sep 9th, I’d like to talk about a proposed federal rule dealing with construction contracts and my efforts to lead the 17…

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Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Appointments - September 9, 2022

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson on Sep 9th, announced the following appointments: Ryan Howard, Melbourne, to the Board of Trustees of Ozarka College. Term expires on July 1, 2029. Reappointment. Aaron Wright, Springdale, to the…

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Governor Hutchinson Appoints Elizabeth Skinner as Arkansas County District Court Judge

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson on Sep 8th, announced his appointment of Elizabeth Skinner of Stuttgart as the District Judge for the Arkansas County District Court-Northern District. Skinner will replace the late Judge Jeremy Bueker. …

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Governor Hutchinson Appoints Doug Smith to State Parole Board

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson on Sep 7th, announced his appointment of Doug Smith to the Arkansas Parole Board. Smith will replace Boyce Hamlet, who was recently appointed as Arkansas Drug Director. Smith’s term began…

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Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Intent to Grant Executive Clemency

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson on Sep 6th, announced his intent to grant 13 pardons and one restoration of firearm rights only. An additional 44 clemency requests were denied and two had no action taken upon them. These include requests…

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Governor Hutchinson Appoints Lisa Hunter, Jeff Wood to State Board of Education

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson has appointed Lisa Hunter of White Hall and Jeff Wood of Little Rock to the Arkansas State Board of Education, he announced on Sep 6th. "Lisa will provide excellent leadership experience to Arkansas…

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Governor Hutchinson Appoints Diane Zook To Southern Regional Education Board

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson has appointed Diane Zook of Little Rock to the Southern Regional Education Board, he announced today. "Diane has served students of all ages through many different positions," Governor Hutchinson…

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address-Arkansas's Greatest Resource

Governor Hutchinson’s Weekly Address-Arkansas's Greatest Resource LITTLE ROCK – Today I’d like to talk about the celebration of Labor Day and the importance of our workforce. Barbeques, pool parties, and parades are a common…

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Governor Hutchinson Applauds Treasury Funding Approval for Broadband Projects

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson on Aug 30th, expressed his support for the approval of $47.5 million of funding from the American Rescue Plan's Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund (CPF) for broadband in Arkansas. "I appreciate the…

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Arkansas School Safety Commission To Meet on August 30, 2022

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas School Safety Commission will convene for its tenth meeting at the State Capitol in Room 151 at 1 p.m. on, Tuesday, August 30, 2022. Governor Hutchinson's Executive Order reinstating the Commission can be viewed…

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address: Taking Steps to Reduce Violent Crime

Governor Hutchinson's weekly radio address can be found in MP3 format and downloaded HERE. LITTLE ROCK – On Aug 26th, I’d like to talk about the steps we are taking to reduce violent crime in Arkansas. In 2017, there was a shooting…

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Governor Hutchinson Addresses Efforts to Reduce Violent Crime and Crawford County Incident

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson held a news conference on Monday, Aug 22nd afternoon to provide an update on the expansion of the Intensive Supervision Program (ISP) in Central Arkansas and also discussed the recent incident regarding…

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USDA to Invest Up to $300 Million in New Organic Transition Initiative

WASHINGTON, DC -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced details of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) $300 million investment, including with American Rescue Plan funds, in a new Organic Transition Initiative that will help…

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address: Governors Working Together

Governor Hutchinson's weekly radio address can be found in MP3 format and downloaded HERE. LITTLE ROCK – On Aug 19th, I’d like to talk about a recent partnership with the state of Oklahoma. On Wednesday, I joined Oklahoma Governor…

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Governor Hutchinson Addresses Efforts to Reduce Violent Crime and Crawford Co. Incident

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson held a news conference Monday afternoon to provide an update on the expansion of the Intensive Supervision Program (ISP) in Central Arkansas and also discussed the recent incident regarding three Crawford…

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address - Governors Working Together

LITTLE ROCK – Today I’d like to talk about a recent partnership with the state of Oklahoma. On Wednesday, I joined Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt on the Oklahoma State University-Tulsa campus to sign a Memorandum of Understanding stating…

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address: Special Session Successes

Governor Hutchinson's weekly radio address can be found in MP3 format and downloaded HERE. LITTLE ROCK – On Aug 12th, I’d like to talk about the excellent position our state is in to provide additional financial relief for…

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Governor Hutchinson Signs Historic Tax Cut Bill, School Safety Legislation

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson on Aug 11th, continued his promise of lowering taxes for Arkansans after he signed two bills into law bringing the state income tax to a historic low and creating a School Safety Grant program. "This…

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Governor Hutchinson Discusses Plans For Improving Lives of Children, Maternal Health Care

LITTLE ROCK – Joined by supporting members of the General Assembly, the Department of Human Services, and the Department of Health, Governor Asa Hutchinson held a press conference Tuesday morning to discuss plans for improving the lives of…

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Governor Hutchinson Issues Statement on Passage of Tax Cuts

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson issued the following statement on the Arkansas General Assembly's passage of his tax cut proposal: “This has been a good day for the taxpayers of Arkansas with the passage of the $500 million tax…

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Governor Hutchinson to Sign Tax Cut, School Safety Legislation Today

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson will hold a news conference later today with members of the Arkansas General Assembly to sign legislation into law regarding the second-largest tax cut in state history and to provide $50 million for a…

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Governor Hutchinson Announces the Departure of Deputy Chief of Staff, Bill Gossage

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson on August 8th, announced that Bill Gossage will resign as Deputy Chief of Staff. Gossage has been named as the vice president of governmental affairs for the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. He replaces…

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Governor Hutchinson Issues Call for Special Session

Session to provide $450 million in individual tax relief, $50 million for school safety LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson on Aug 5th, issued a call for the Third Extraordinary Session of the 93rd General Assembly. The purpose of the…

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address: The No. 1 Pro-Life State

Governor Hutchinson's weekly radio address can be found in MP3 format and downloaded HERE. LITTLE ROCK – Americans United for Life ranks Arkansas as the No. 1 pro-life state in the nation, and on Aug 5th, I’d like to talk about a…

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Governor Hutchinson Voices Opposition to Reckless Spending Bill in Congress

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson on Aug 4th, joined 21 of his fellow governors in a statement opposing the $740 billion reconciliation bill currently being considered by the United States Congress. "This legislation, dubbed the…

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Governor Appoints Secretary of Department of Public Safety, Director of the Commission on Law Enforcement Standards

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson has appointed A.J. Gary, Director of Arkansas Division of Emergency Management, to Secretary of the Department of Public Safety, and J.R. Hankins, Chief of Staff to the Department of Public Safety, to the…

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Governor Appoints Boyce Hamlet, Experienced Law Enforcement Officer, Parole Board Member, as Drug Director

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson has selected a long-time law-enforcement officer as the state’s new Drug Director. Boyce Hamlet will assume the position on August 29. He replaces Kirk Lane, drug director since July 2017, who has…

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Governor Hutchinson Announces Arkansas School Safety Commission Interim Report

Governor Hutchinson Announces Arkansas School Safety Commission Interim Report LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today released the Interim Report of the Arkansas School Safety Commission. The report emphasized the importance of…

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Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Intent to Grant Executive Clemency - August 2, 2022

Little Rock – Governor Asa Hutchinson on Aug 2nd, announced his intent to grant nine pardons and one restoration of firearm rights only. An additional 29 clemency requests were denied and two had no action taken upon them. These include…

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Governor Hutchinson Announces Arkansas School Safety Commission Interim Report

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson on Aug 2nd, released the Interim Report of the Arkansas School Safety Commission. The report emphasized the importance of districts using layered, comprehensive school safety strategies and ensuring…

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Arkansas School Safety Commission to Present Initial Report to Governor Hutchinson on August 2, 2022

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas School Safety Commission will present findings from its initial report to Governor Asa Hutchinson at a press conference tomorrow afternoon. The Commission's final report of findings and recommendations will be…

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Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Intent to Grant Executive Clemency-Aug 2,2022

Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Intent to Grant Executive Clemency LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced his intent to grant nine pardons and one restoration of firearm rights only. An additional 29 clemency requests were…

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address: My Year as Chairman of the National Governors Association

LITTLE ROCK – Two weeks ago, I passed the gavel to my successor as chair of the National Governors Association, and on July 29th, I’d like to talk about my year as leader of the NGA and the opportunity to work with other governors on…

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Governor Hutchinson’s Weekly Address | My Year as Chairman of the National Governors Association

LITTLE ROCK – Two weeks ago, I passed the gavel to my successor as chair of the National Governors Association, and today I’d like to talk about my year as leader of the NGA and the opportunity to work with other governors on some of our…

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Governor Hutchinson Announces the Resignation of Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Public Safety Jami Cook

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced that Jami Cook has resigned as Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Public Safety and Director of the Division on Law Enforcement Standards and Training. In Secretary Cook's resignation…

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Governor Asa Hutchinson Issues Statement in Response to Legislative Council

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson issued the following statement in regards to the Arkansas Legislative Council's decision on the use of money from the American Rescue Plan. "While I am pleased the Arkansas Legislative Council…

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Governor Appoints Attorney Sam Terry to Fill Judgeship in Sebastian County District Court-Fort Smith District

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson has appointed Fort Smith attorney Sam Terry to fill a vacant judgeship in the Sebastian County District Court-Fort Smith District. “Sam Terry is an energetic attorney who always steps up when…

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Governor Appoints Attorney Kolby Harper as District Judge To Replace Retiring Judge Tony Yocom in Thirty-Eighth District

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson has appointed attorney Kolby Harper as District Judge for the Thirty-Eighth District to replace Judge Tony Yocom, who will retire on July 31, 2022. The Thirty-Eighth District is made up of Hempstead and…

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address: Building a Culture of Reading

Governor Hutchinson's weekly radio address can be found in MP3 format and downloaded HERE. LITTLE ROCK – The ability to read well is one of the most crucial skills we can give our students, and on July 15th, I’d like to encourage…

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Governor Hutchinson Addresses Latino Leaders in San Antonio

San Antonio – Governor Asa Hutchinson spoke to Latino leaders on Monday at the UnidosUS Annual Conference in San Antonio. The Governor released the following statement after his remarks: "It was an honor to spread the conservative message…

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address: Caught Serving - Trooper Going the Extra Mile for a Stranded Motorist

Governor Hutchinson's weekly radio address can be found in MP3 format and downloaded HERE. LITTLE ROCK – On July 8th, I am going to tell the story of an Arkansas State Trooper who put his own safety at risk to serve and protect a driver…

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Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Intent to Grant Executive Clemency

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson on July 6th, announced his intent to grant 14 pardons. An additional 33 clemency requests were denied and zero had no action taken upon them. These include requests from both inmates and non-inmates. The…

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Governor Announces Appointment of Bill Jones, CEO Of Sissy’s Log Cabin, To Game and Fish Commission

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson has appointed Bill Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Sissy’s Log Cabin in Pine Bluff, to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Governor announced on July 6th. “Everyone knows Bill…

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Governor Hutchinson Reacts to Revenue Report; Announces Date for Special Session

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today reacted to the record state surplus and announced his intent to call an Extraordinary Session of the Arkansas General Assembly the week of August 8. “June revenue collection was more than…

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address: Independence Day at Arkansas State Parks

Governor Hutchinson's weekly radio address can be found in MP3 format and downloaded HERE. LITTLE ROCK – On July 1st, I’d like to talk about the Fourth of July, or Independence Day, in Arkansas, the state with enough lakes, rivers,…

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Governor Lauds Roe Reversal, Directs Health Department to Enforce State Abortion Law

Governor, Attorney General Host News Conference LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson offered these remarks on June 24th, at a news conference at the office of Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. This is a historic day. …

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address: Supporting our Teachers

Governor Hutchinson's weekly radio address can be found in MP3 format and downloaded HERE. LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas’s education system greatly depends on our ability to attract and retain teachers. We need to make sure the pay…

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Governor Appoints Secretary of Veterans Affairs to University of Arkansas Board of Trustees

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson has appointed Colonel (U.S. Army, Retired) Nathaniel “Nate” Todd, Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs, to the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees. Colonel Todd is…

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Governor Asa Hutchinson Appoints Secretary of Transformation and Shared Services

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson on June 20th, announced the appointment of Mitch Rouse as Secretary of the Department of Transformation and Shared Services. "Mitch has shown his dedication to Arkansas, and I have full confidence…

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Governor Hutchinson Announces Tax Appeals Commission to Resolve State Tax Disputes

Little Rock – In the 2021 Regular Session of the 93rd General Assembly, legislators passed Act 586 “The Tax Appeals Commission Act”. This new act directed the state to create, within the Department of Inspector General, an…

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address: Strengthening Arkansas’s Relationship with Israel

Governor Hutchinson's weekly radio address can be found in MP3 format and downloaded HERE. LITTLE ROCK – I signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Israel Innovation Authority this week, and on June 17th, I’d like to talk about…

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Arkansas Women's Commission to Meet in Mountain Home on Thursday, June 16, 2022

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Women's Commission will convene for their monthly meeting at the Arkansas State University - Mountain Home Vada Sheid Community Development Center in Mountain Home, Arkansas, at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, 2022. …

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