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Thursday, July 31, 2014
Don't Be a Statistic This Holiday Season
Posted Thursday, December 27, at 8:38 AM
The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and celebration, but for too many families, they are filled with tragedy. One of the most dangerous times of the year on our roadways is between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. With increased promotional campaigns over the past two decades, most everyone is aware of the dangers of drinking and driving. ...

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Pre-Filing Process Underway for Upcoming Session
Posted Wednesday, December 19, at 1:27 PM

The sights and sounds of the holiday season are everywhere you turn inside the Capitol right now. But members of the 89th General Assembly are not taking a break for the holiday just yet. Pre-filing began on Nov. 15. In the House, 15 bills and one resolution were filed in the first month. One bill and one resolution were filed in the Senate...

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Arkansas Legislature Looks to Go Paperless in 2013
Posted Thursday, December 13, at 8:30 AM

Paper is the most common form of waste today. Much of it can be recycled, but that still means energy has to be used to reprocess it. Using less paper means saving energy and saving trees. And that's exactly what we are striving to do at the House...

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Remediation still needed for many students
Posted Wednesday, December 5, at 4:35 PM

Imagine being accepted to a college or university only to find out that many of your first classes will not count toward your degree. This scenario happens to at least 30 percent of college freshmen in Arkansas every year when ACT scores reveal the need for further instruction in basic subjects such as reading and math...

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Arkansas Department of Education Implements Common Core Standards
Posted Thursday, November 29, at 9:43 AM

Earlier this year we told you about new way of learning in Arkansas classrooms. Common Core has now been implemented in grades K-8 in all Arkansas schools. The Common Core standards are designed to have all of our students college and career ready upon graduation...

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History Being Made in Arkansas Legislature
Posted Wednesday, November 21, at 8:36 AM

Babe Ruth once said that the way a team plays as a whole determines its success. He added that although you may have the greatest bunch of individual stars, they won't be worth a dime if they don't work together. In this scenario, what holds true for baseball holds true for public service. Growth for Arkansas will not be by chance. It will come by working together...

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Coming Year to See Shift of Power in Legislature
Posted Thursday, November 15, at 9:15 AM

Arkansans had some very important and tough decisions to make at the voting booth last week. One of which was who you wanted to represent you and your 29,158 neighbors in your district at the House of Representatives. The 83 men and 17 women Arkansans elected to serve in the 89th General Assembly gathered for the first time on the House Floor on Friday. Of those, 61 are returning members from the 88th General Assembly...

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Election Night Just the Beginning for New Lawmakers
Posted Thursday, November 8, at 12:25 PM

Election night is just the beginning for those who will be elected to serve in the 89th General Assembly. Just days after the election, newly elected members will gather for the first time on the House floor to make some very important decisions that could shape how laws are passed in 2013...

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Domestic Violence Issues are Addressed Daily in Arkansas
Posted Thursday, November 1, at 11:35 AM

It's election season, and we know many of you are paying close attention to local races, ballot issues, and the Presidential debates. We are also hearing from the Secretary of State's office that a significant number of Arkansans have already cast their ballot, taking advantage of early voting...

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Early voting is now underway
Posted Wednesday, October 24, at 10:57 AM

Early voting in Arkansas began Oct. 22. Being so close to the election, we want to tell you about two issues you will see on the ballot which were put forth by the 88th General Assembly. Article 19 of the Arkansas constitution allows either house of the General Assembly to propose constitutional amendments. ...

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Mike Patterson (D) of Piggott serves in the Arkansas State House of Representatives.