Last week was another very busy week at the Capitol.
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Last week was another very busy week at the Capitol.
What a week! After the “events” of the past two or three Mondays, I’m really rather anxious about next Monday. I’d enjoy a rain but another Monday like the last two? I hope not! I’m not a big fan of surprises and I really dislike being informed by being blasted out over something that was a complete surprise to me. I fear this may just be the beginning though.
Thursday was a special day in the history of the United States and the history of two significant government health care programs – both of which I thought were much older!
Greetings! This week most of my news bites will be related to educational issues since my lifelong interests have always evolved around our children and their futures which I believe are dependent upon adequate education and training.
Some updated and newer educa (more…)
Many major topics have been highlighted this week during legislative and other related meetings. However, insurance continues to top the list.
Recently more than 25,000 individuals have lost state government health benefits (more…)
Greetings!! I trust everyone had an enjoyable and appreciative 4th of July holiday weekend! We certainly did in my family.
Before the holidays though, I attended the annual SREB Conference on trending educational issues. (more…)
If you had been at the Capitol last week, you probably could have felt some of the tension when the Education committee and some of its auxiliary committees met.
Overall, it has been a quiet week at the Capitol because many legislators were involved in helping with Girls State at Harding University or Boys State at UCA. I felt so honored and privileged to be at Girls State again because I have always felt honored and privileged to be a Girls State girl in my high school days. I have been going to help the last few years and really enjoy the camaraderie and meeting all those precious young ladies. We had 18 girls attending from Ashley and Drew counties and I met a great many of them.
After much talk and many presumptions about a special session of the 90th General Assembly, the official ‘call’ came last week and we will begin our session on Tuesday, May 26. The agenda items for the Special Session are:
As “announced” earlier, Gov. Asa Hutchinson will call lawmakers into special session May 26 to pass a bond issue to help “land” a contract with Lockheed Martin to build the U.S. Army’s and Marine Corps’ new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), the successor to the Humvee, at the Highland Industrial Park complex at Camden.
We had a super-busy week in the legislature last week as we worked several days and nights past my bedtime to try to complete our work by Good Friday. Last week alone we “considered” approximately 266 bills – by my count! That’s quite a bit in 5 days’ time. Although I won’t mention but a few of them, I’ll try to pinpoint those of greater interest or consequence for you. As these new laws begin to take effect, we may all be in for quite a few surprises with some unintended consequences. Please remember one vote doesn’t make or break a law. Generally it’s a majority of at least 51 or more!
The pace of work within the legislature has truly sped up as our committees\sessions are now meeting for several hours a day. During a typical session on the House floor, members are voting on dozens of bills each day as we inch closer to the end of this session. Many truly important bills have been held back to this point and now much is left to do.
Monday marked the last day for members to file bills for this session. Several committees are now meeting in the morning and upon adjournment of the session in the evenings as members hear testimony on the great numbers of bills still before us. (more…)
Legislation is beginning to pick up speed at the Capitol as the General Assembly began its 5th week of the Regular Session. Our first order of business was to pass a resolution allowing us to extend the session to April 10th and come back on May 8th to correct any errors, address vetoes and take care of any unfinished business before adjournment.
Today, we wrapped up our 5th week of the Regular Session. On the House floor, members approved legislation to create a Diabetes Action Plan. Close to 10% of Arkansans have been diagnosed with diabetes. HB1267 would require the Department of Human Services and the Health Department to work together to reduce the incidence of diabetes in Arkansas and improve diabetes care.
House members also approved a bill that seeks to protect Arkansans from government policies that interfere with their right to exercise religion. HB1228 now heads to the Senate.
The House is set to reconvene on Monday at 1:30.
It was a busy morning in committees this morning as 12 bills were approved to bring to the House The Education committeee advanced a bill to require that cursive writing be taught in elementary schools. They also voted in favor of a bill to allow year-round schools to offer a 7 week vacation. The current break allowed is 6 weeks.
The Committee for Public Health, Welfare and Labor passed legislation to create a diabetes action plan. This would require the Department of Human Services to present a report to the legislature of the number of Arkansans with diabetes and the financial toll this disease has on our state. It would also identify ways to reduce its impact.
The 90th General Assembly began its 5th week of the Regular Session, Monday. The morning was filled with various meetings. Our first order of business in the session was to pass a resolution allowing us to extend the session to April 10th for recess and come back on May 8th for adjournment – if work progresses as planned.
With a vote of 80-16 and 3 members voting present, the House passed a bill that is aimed at reforming health care in Arkansas.
Senate Bill 96 effectively ends what has been termed as the “Private Option” in December 2016 and creates a task force which will study and present findings for health care reform by the end of this year. (more…)
Bills impacting public employees and our municipalities are now making their way to the House floor.
The bill which would create a task force to study the future of health care reform in Arkansas is now heading to the House Floor. The Public Health, Welfare, and Labor Committee voted in favor of SB96 requiring a taskforce to make recommendations regarding the future of Medicaid in Arkansas by the end of 2015. The current program is extended until the end of 2016.
Members of the City, County, and Local Affairs Committee voted in favor of a bill which prevents a penalty for a delinquent assessment if the last day to assess personal property falls on a weekend or postal holiday.
As the second week of the 90th General Assembly progressed, the House passed a number of budget bills to fund various boards and commissions.
Other bills passed in the House included a measure to ensure county clerks use profits from property sales conducted by their office for administrative and operational costs. We also passed legislation to extend liability exemptions to Pre-K programs and a bill allowing the Department of Higher Education to hold scholarships, including the Governor’s Scholars program, for up to 24 months for students who encounter certain circumstances, such as illnesses, and cannot immediately go to college.
(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.
This 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.
This 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.
Due to the lack of bills to take up in the Full House, the Speaker decided to adjourn the House until Tuesday.
Leadership persons are to stay over for orientation and training Friday, January.
Have a great weekend.
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…)
On 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.
Monticello 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.
Greetings to 2015! The New Year certainly began as a wet one, didn’t it? I hope that means we can wash away the old unpleasantness and begin anew with a fresh start!
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.
Greetings! Is the Christmas spirit rising in our neighborhoods? If not, you may have missed the Christmas parades last week!
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.
What a busy week! Early in the week I was invited to participate in a forum, or brainstorming session, with a group of superintendents in a training program sponsored by the Learning Academy. (more…)
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…)
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