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Committee approves education bills addressing school choice, GED merit

BY: - January 24, 2023

The House Education Committee approved two bills on Tuesday, including one that would allow a student who resides on a tract of land located in two school districts to choose which district they want to attend.  Under current law, if the school district line cuts through a home, where the majority of the house sits […]

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Arkansas House passes law to expand eligibility for disabled veteran license plates

BY: - January 23, 2023

The Arkansas House voted Monday to expand the pool of disable veterans eligible for special license plates. Without dissent, the House of Representatives passed House Bill 1101 by Rep. Andrew Collins (D-Little Rock). It allows any veteran who has been determined to be at least 10% disabled due to their military service to register for […]

Arkansas governor issues executive order to streamline education funding programs

BY: - January 19, 2023

Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ latest executive order aims to limit government overreach, reduce red tape and improve education, according to a press release issued Thursday.  The executive order directs Education Secretary Jacob Oliva to develop a unified system that streamlines all state and federal funding programs from multiple plans and budgets into a single application […]

UAMS makes two interim leaders official

BY: - January 17, 2023

Two interim officials at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences have been appointed to their positions permanently, UAMS announced in a Tuesday news release. Dr. Michelle Krause is the senior vice chancellor for the UAMS Health System and CEO of the system’s 535-bed hospital. Dr. Ahmed Abuabdou is the hospital’s chief clinical officer. Both […]

Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders signs an executive order on Jan. 13, 2023, disbanding seven committees created by her predecessor, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, in 2020 in response the COVID-19 pandemic. (Governor's Press Office)

Sanders executive order repeals COVID-19 committees, advisory groups from 2020

BY: - January 13, 2023

Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders eliminated five state entities on Friday that her predecessor Gov. Asa Hutchinson created via executive order to address the COVID-19 pandemic almost three years ago. Sanders’ own executive order repealed five orders she called “obsolete” in a statement. The order also asks the Arkansas Department of Health to focus on […]

Arkansas Secretary of Education nominee Jacob Oliva

Oliva selected as new K-12 education commissioner

BY: - January 12, 2023

The State Board of Education unanimously elected Arkansas’ new education secretary as the Arkansas Department of Education’s Division of Elementary and Secondary Education commissioner on Thursday. The board unanimously selected Jacob Oliva following an executive session at its regularly scheduled meeting.  “I am honored to receive the board’s approval today, and I look forward to […]

Sanders names directors of economic development, environmental quality

BY: - January 12, 2023

Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday appointed two state agency veterans to be directors of the Arkansas Division of Environmental Quality and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. Caleb Osborne will serve as director and chief administrator of environment at ADEQ, and Clint O’Neal will lead AEDC as executive director, Sanders announced in press statement. Osborne […]

Sarah Huckabee Sanders taps federal prosecutor to be Arkansas’ inspector general

BY: - January 6, 2023

Arkansas Gov.-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday that she plans to appoint Allison Bragg, an assistant U.S. attorney in Little Rock, to be the chief state government watchdog. Bragg, who serves as the spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas, is Sanders’ pick for secretary of the Arkansas Department of […]

Sarah Huckabee Sanders intends to keep Arkansas labor secretary

BY: - January 5, 2023

Arkansas Gov.-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Thursday that she will reappoint Arkansas Labor Secretary Daryl Bassett.  Bassett was the first secretary of the Arkansas Department of Labor and Licensing under Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s reorganization of state government in 2019.  Bassett has deep connections to Sanders. Her father, former Gov. Mike Huckabee, appointed Bassett to […]

Officials seeking federal dollars need Arkansans’ help verifying broadband access

BY: - January 5, 2023

The Arkansas State Broadband Office is urging Arkansans to verify a federal broadband map to ensure the state receives the maximum funding available and that those funds reach regions that need broadband most.  The Federal Communications Commission has released a new broadband map showing high-speed internet availability across the country. The National Telecommunications and Information […]

Stubbs, Penn picked for military and veterans posts in Sanders administration

BY: - January 4, 2023

Brig. Gen. Jon Stubbs will serve as secretary of the military and Adjutant General of the Arkansas National Guard in the administration of Gov.-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders, her transition office announced Wednesday. Sanders also announced the nomination of Maj. Gen. Kendall Penn as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Penn has been adjutant general […]

Sarah Huckabee Sanders taps Arizona prison official to lead Arkansas Department of Corrections

BY: - January 3, 2023

Gov.-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders will appoint an Arizona prisons official to lead the Arkansas Department of Corrections after she takes office next week. Joe Profiri, whom Sanders plans to tap as her corrections secretary, is the deputy director of the Arizona Department of Corrections, which he also led in an interim capacity in 2019. Profiri […]