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Daily Legislative Report

Monday, January 26th, 2015

State seal(Last report from last week.)

Hopefully a hurtle has now been overcome. In a speech delivered at UAMS, Governor Hutchinson asked the legislature to fund the Private Option through the end of 2016. He will also be creating a health reform task force to make recommendations for the future of health care in our state by the end of this year. The Private Option currently insures over 200,000 Arkansans.

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Daily Legislative Report

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

State sealThis is Rep. Sheilla Lampkin reporting from the 90th session of the Arkansas House of Representatives. More than 100 bills have now been filed in the House and agendas for committee meeting are getting longer as we head into our second week of the Regular Session.

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Daily Legislative Report

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

State sealThis is Rep. Sheilla Lampkin reporting from the session of the Arkansas House of Representatives. More than 100 bills have now been filed in the House and agendas for committee meeting are getting longer as we head into our second week of the Regular Session.

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Legislative Report

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Greetings in this first week of the 90th General Assembly! Last week was a quieter week at the Capitol compared to the usual amount of activity. Tuesday I was honored to set up and facilitate a meeting between several Delta school superintendents and Dr. Gene Bottoms and Dave Spence, both representing the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), to discuss new strategies to be launched in these schools to increase their math and literacy test scores. (more…)

Legislative Report from Wednesday

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

State sealOn our third day of the session committees are now beginning to organize. In our Agri Committee we even considered and passed our first bill. It was a cleanup bill striking and clarifying some language in a bill that clarifies qualifications for members of the State Parks, Recreation and Travel Commission.
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In Memory, Tommy Matthews

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

imageMonticello and Drew County lost a dear friend and longtime resident this past Saturday. In fact he was the kind of man who symbolized the spirit of our people. That humble, kind, generous, loving man was Tommy Matthews. Many of you will remember him as the principal of W. C. Whaley Elementary School on North Main for 23 years.

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Legislative Report

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Greetings! Before I begin this weekly report, I want to extend an invitation to each of you. I’d like to encourage each of you to make a trip to Little Rock to see the lighting at our Arkansas Capitol. It is a blue-white illusion to the majesty and grace of the holidays.

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Legislative Report

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

I hope your Thanksgiving activities were happy, healthy, wise and fun!! Even though it was a short week at the Legislature, it was a busy one as usual – if you put your “all” into it.
Last Monday we resumed a previous hearing on the prison overcrowding situation in Arkansas. Presently state prisons are over their 14,319-person capacity with 15,286 prisoners incarcerated. There are another 2,473 inmates backlogged at county jails that are costing county sheriffs across the state about $80,000 a day.
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Legislative Report

Monday, November 10th, 2014

greetings! First of all, I want to thank each of you who voted to return me to my seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives in January for the 90th General Assembly. I respect your confidence and will honor that confidence and work hard to represent you to the best of my abilities, listen to your concerns and work fulltime as your representative. (more…)

Legislative Report

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Hello! This is a busy time at the Arkansas Legislature during these days of budget hearings. As I stated earlier, Arkansas has about 220 commissions, boards, departments and agencies and each must provide reports on their present financial status and a summary of their budget requests for the next biennial to the Joint Budget Committees. (more…)

Legislative Report

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Greetings! Did you get enough rain over the weekend? We got 4.2 inches Friday night and a good shower Saturday! I hated that it rained most of the Wiggins Cabin Festival out though!
In our first week of pre-session budget hearings we heard reports, proposals and requests from over 30 state boards (of the approximately 220 total boards and agencies). These boards oversee everything from the medical profession to embalmers to vehicle towing operations.
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Legislative Report

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Greetings! We’ve had another issue-laden week at the Legislature.

Last week the joint education committees briefly discussed options for raising the minimum starting teacher salary in Arkansas public schools to $31,000. Figures of $2.35 to $6.86 million were the cost estimates given by the Bureau of Legislative Research (BLR). (The minimum starting salary for new teachers with a bachelor’s degree and no experience is currently $29, 244.)

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Legislative Report – Minimum Wage Vote Update

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Greetings! It was a quiet week in the Legislature this week, mostly due to the Labor Day holidays. Of course, much conversation is still ongoing regarding health care, broadband and education among other top issues under consideration.
In another context, Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin has announced that the proposed amendment to raise Arkansas’ minimum wage will be on the general election ballot in November.

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Legislative Report

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Greetings! We have had some interesting “discussions” in the House this week, but first I want to share with you notes about the grain company failures in east Arkansas recently. The problems began when some farmers began to realize they would/had not received payments for the grain they had placed in some grain bins for sale later.

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Legislative Report

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

This has been a truly interesting week filled with joy and headache and heartache, but that’s life, isn’t it? I’ll start with some good news and potential joyous news. Not only has Monticello acquired a new pellet plant, but rumors say more could be in store. Warren has had a new industry move into an old chicken processing plant with its 100 jobs and again there may be more to come there. (more…)

Legislative Report

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Greetings!! What a fun week I’ve had – most of it! My week began with an informational meeting to discuss a study of the broadband delivery system to Arkansas’ public schools (k-12).

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Monticello Memories – ECH Club History, Part 6, Northside EHC

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

This week continues our look at the history of each of the nine Extension Homemakers Clubs in Drew County with a glimpse into the history of the Northside EHC. The Extension Homemakers program in Arkansas is celebrating 100 years in 2012. The organization is made great contributions to the lives and welfare of Arkansans throughout the state n the past 100 years.

Northside Extension Club

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Legislative Report

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Our Arkansas state capitol celebrated its 100th birthday in 2011. Although it is a beauty to behold, like any building 100+ years old, it has seen better times and better conditions. Last year the Capitol rotunda received an intensive restoration. This year the House Chamber will be given a $1 million restoration. In fact, architects and contractors began work on that restoration project June 2 of last week. The chandelier is down and has been shipped off for restoration, seats are gone, other furnishings are covered and the scaffolding is rising to the ceiling.
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Legislative Report

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

There is little news to report on the health insurance front this week except that the State and Public Life and Health Insurance Board decided that public school and state employees who get mammograms, blood-pressure tests and other preventive health screenings, or quit smoking and lose weight, or enter into other health-prevention programs by November 1 will receive a $75.00 discount on monthly insurance premiums next year.

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Legislative Report – 5 21 14

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Greetings! I’ll begin this week by hopefully allaying some of the teacher apprehensions relating to their insurance. You may recall that their insurance plans’ premiums were likely to increase another 35% for the next year unless the legislature intervenes and takes some corrective actions. The State and Public School Life and Health Insurance Program Legislative Task Force did hold a major meeting on May 14th to try to make some definite decisions on changes to the system and I think they have. (I do appreciate Dr. Max Dyson of Hamburg for his attendance and insight into the meeting.)
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Legislative Report

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Greetings!   We have finished a very stress-filled week at the legislature.   Three issues, and the pursuit of their solutions, filled most of our time.  These issues are teacher insurance, adequate broadband access in all our schools (and who will provide it), and other various and sundry items.  .

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Legislative Report

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Legislative Re  Greetings!  Teacher insurance has once again been the subject of many sessions held by insurers, consultants and legislators.  This week’s meetings brought up several possible changes to the insurance plans to ease the increased costs of those plansand remain  sound.

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Legislative Report

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Some good economic news for the state has been released by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services. For the first time in 5 years Arkansas’ unemployment rate has dropped below 7%. It has been dropping for the 6th consecutive month. In a separate jobs report released with labor statistics, Arkansas also saw eight industry sectors achieve gains compared to one year ago. Notably, construction jobs have experienced a healthy rebound with an estimated 1,600 new jobs created in that sector in the last year.
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Tribute to Homer Pace

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Homer PaceDrew County lost another great native son this weekend with the passing of Mr. Homer Pace.  This narrative begins with his military service among the “greatest generation” during WWII and continues until about 10 years ago.  Like most of his generation, he didn’t feel like a hero and was rather modest about his war experiences.  Yet he was as were they all.  Here is Mr. Homer’s story as he related it to me.  May it serve as a tribute to a great American.

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