March 25, 2020 •
Gov. Asa Hutchinson will call a special session of the Arkansas Legislature on Thursday, March 26.
The session will fill budget holes caused by the economic fallout from COVID-19.
Gov. Hutchinson announced the special session would grant him the authority to use the state’s $173 million unallocated budget surplus.
He plans to fill budget needs after his administration cut the state’s general revenue by $353 million to $5.38 billion.
The governor made the budget cuts in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019.
The special session triggers a lobbyist activity report (monthly) due April 10 for the reporting period of March 1 through March 31.
The special session is expected to span three calendar days.
The House of Representatives will meet at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Jack Stephens Center rather than the Capitol to limit close contact of legislators.
July 8, 2020 •
Gov. Tim Walz announced on July 7, he intends to call lawmakers back for an open-ended session beginning July 13. Walz stated the session will coincide with the 30-day extension of the peacetime emergency ending July 12, and added that […]
Gov. Tim Walz announced on July 7, he intends to call lawmakers back for an open-ended session beginning July 13.
Walz stated the session will coincide with the 30-day extension of the peacetime emergency ending July 12, and added that other issues should get top billing.
Walz is obligated by law to call a special session for the Legislature to approve the emergency declaration.
The Senate tried to revoke the governor’s executive power during the first special session ending June 19.
However, the attempt failed because it requires the vote of both chambers.
In the first special session, no deals were reached on legislation both parties said was necessary and everything will be on the agenda again.
The Legislature will determine the length of the session.