1.6.19 – Magnoliareporter
Weekly column written for members of the Arkansas House of Representatives:
This is the year for legislative action. The elections are past and it is now time for newly elected and re-elected state officials to begin the 2019 term in office, as the 92nd General Assembly.
The Arkansas State Constitution requires the General Assembly to meet in regular session on the second Monday in January of each odd-numbered year. Therefore, the 92nd General Assembly will convene at noon on Monday, January 14. The Arkansas Senate and the House of Representatives will meet in respective chambers at the State Capitol.
The Speaker will announce committee membership, including committee chairs and vice chairs. After organizational details are finalized, the House of Representatives will notify Governor Hutchinson and the State Senate that the House is organized and ready for business.
Upon notification, pre-filed bills will be read and assigned to respective committees – where the bills will be debated and voted on at a later date.
On the second day of the General Assembly, Tuesday, January 15, the Arkansas House and Senate will meet in a joint session at 10:30 a.m. After the 2018 Arkansas general election results are announced the duly elected state constitutional officers will be sworn in to office by the Chief Justice.
The order of the swearing-in ceremony is Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin, Secretary of State John Thurston, Treasurer of State Dennis Milligan, Auditor of State Andrea Lea, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Commissioner of State Lands Tommy Land.
South Arkansas state representatives:
District 2 – (Parts of Columbia, Lafayette and Miller counties). Lane Jean, Republican. 1105 Lawton Circle, Magnolia, 71753. 870-904-1856. firstname.lastname@example.org
District 5 (Parts of Columbia, Ouachita, Lafayette and Nevada counties) – David Fielding, Democrat. 909 S. Vine, Magnolia, 71753. 870-234-6143. email@example.com
District 6 – (Parts of Columbia, Union and Ouachita counties). Matthew J. Shepherd, Republican. 200 N. Jackson Ave. No. 600, El Dorado, 71730. 870-862-2087. firstname.lastname@example.org