Latest Arkansas State General Assembly News

Arkansas governor to call special session on tax cut plan

Nov. 30, 2021 19:02 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday that he'll call the Legislature back into session next week to take up a tax cut plan, and that he hoped lawmakers would hold off on efforts to enact an abortion ban similar to one in neighboring Texas. ...

Arkansas panel approves new state House, Senate districts

Nov. 29, 2021 18:34 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Republican panel on Monday approved new boundaries for Arkansas' state House and Senate seats that creates a new majority-Hispanic district but still drew complaints that it dilutes minority voters' representation in the Legislature. The Board...

Arkansas lawmaker who left GOP won't run for re-election

Nov. 22, 2021 14:14 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A longtime state legislator who left the Republican Party earlier this year following the Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol says he won't run for re-election next year in the Arkansas Senate. Sen. Jim Hendren announced Monday that he would not...

Arkansas panel delays vote on agencies' vaccine requirements

Nov. 19, 2021 17:58 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers on Friday delayed a vote on whether to allow state-run health care facilities to require employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine, a move officials say is needed to protect millions of dollars in federal funding. The Arkansas...

Hutchinson, other top Arkansas Republicans back Sanders' bid

Nov. 12, 2021 15:51 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin and the state's four U.S. House members on Friday endorsed Sarah Sanders' bid for governor, days after the former White House press secretary's path to the Republican nomination was cleared. ...

Ex-Arkansas senator seeks retrial of corruption conviction

Nov. 04, 2021 14:16 PM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A former Arkansas state senator convicted in 2018 of corruption-related charges is pushing forward with a request for a new trial. Attorney Lee D. Short of North Little Rock filed notice Wednesday that his client, former Sen. Jon Woods, will...

Arkansas state Senate seat special election set for February

Nov. 02, 2021 11:41 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson has scheduled a special election in February for a vacant northwest Arkansas state Senate seat. Hutchinson on Friday set the Feb. 8 special election for the District 7 seat held by Republican Sen. Lance Eads, who stepped down...

'19 Kids and Counting' father running for Arkansas Senate

Oct. 31, 2021 13:30 PM EDT

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — Jim Bob Duggar, whose large family was featured in the TLC reality show “19 Kids and Counting," has announced he's running for a seat in the Arkansas Senate. Duggar, who previously served in the Arkansas House, announced Friday on the family's...

Northwest Arkansas state senator resigns to take new job

Oct. 29, 2021 09:19 AM EDT

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — A special election will be called to fill the term of Republican state Sen. Lance Eads, who resigned from his position Thursday to take a job in the private sector. Eads, who won re-election last year to a four-year term, represented a district...

Arkansas governor OKs House map splitting Little Rock area

Oct. 13, 2021 19:13 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday effectively approved a new U.S. House map that critics say weakens minority voters' influence in the state by splitting the Little Rock area among three congressional districts. The Republican governor...