The major provisions of the new Protect Arkansas Act are well known, but they are only a few of the many measures passed during the 2023 regular session.

Fans of the television show “Yellowstone,” recently got the news they sort of expected, but didn’t want.

During the 2023 regular session, which adjourned on May 1, the legislature enacted a list of new laws to protect the integrity of elections.

I visited a college roommate in Zionsville, Ind., recently. Her husband was running for and won the Republican primary for mayor. As I celebrated with them that night, we watched the returns run across the TV screen and checked the various polling locations and county clerks’ offices for numbers. The one place we didn’t check was the local newspaper because much to my distress, the small newspaper serving that city closed during the pandemic.

I get a wild collection of emails each week, ranging from political folks looking for a donation to someone pushing products to improve every aspect of my life. I have to chuckle at some of them, however, knowing that in many cases, people actually get paid to write the “news” releases.

Farm Bill season is in full swing. Since the start of the year, the pace of work at the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry – on which I serve as the lead Republican – has picked up dramatically.

The scheduled finish of the 2023 regular session of the legislature was May 1, when lawmakers adjourned sine die.

I had one reoccurring thought last week when news came out that two “talking heads” on television had been fired: they both deserved it.

During the 2023 session the legislature enacted a series of bills designed to protect children from exposure to sexually inappropriate literature, live performances and Internet sites.

We all know recycling is a commonsense way to be responsible stewards of our environment – but recycling also strengthens our economy and creates hundreds of thousands of well-paying jobs nationwide. This is something I believe everyone can agree is truly a “win-win.” 

Anytime I write about the criminal justice system and those sentenced to jail or prison for their crimes, I want to make sure I get all the details correct. That’s for two reasons: to be fair to the defendant and to be fair to the victims and/or the general public.

Look around Arkansans – your state has changed a lot in the past 100 days. Since I took office in January, my administration has launched sweeping overhauls of our schools, public safety, tax system, and more.

Last week during the Huntsville School Board’s work session about implementation of the LEARNS act, board member Steve Brannan asked Superintendent Jonathan Warren if any lawsuits concerning the act, which takes effect July 1, will occur.

I can’t imagine how hard the adrenaline was pumping in Luke Eaton last week.

The legislature passed legislation to save Arkansas families about $100 million a year in lower income taxes. The bill also lowers corporate income taxes and will save Arkansas businesses about $24 million a year.

We can all be glad the exhausting, tumultuous, sometimes divisive legislative session adjourned last week. One bright spot was major changes planned for the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) didn’t materialize.

Sometimes I truly hate writing some of the articles I do. Such was the case last week with the tragic and untimely death of area first-responder Kevin Patrick.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved legislation that lengthens prison sentences for violent offenders and requires prison inmates to work harder to qualify for parole.

Hallie Scruggs, Evelyn Dieckhaus and William Kinney, all age 9. Mike Hill, 61, Cynthia Peak, 61, and Katherine Koonce, 60. All six died last week when a former student opened fire in The Covenant School in Nashville, Tenn.

As I often travel between home and Washington, D.C., I’m constantly reminded how blessed we are to live in The Natural State. With its beautiful rivers, majestic mountains and incredible wildlife, Arkansas has long celebrated and utilized these resources in a variety of ways. The abundance of natural treasures is one of the many reasons people are drawn to the state for recreation opportunities.

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