The 88th General Assembly officially adjourned at noon today capping off a 93-day session that saw the enactment of new tax cuts, prison reform, Congressional redistricting and two proposals for highway financing advance.
Lawmakers struggled during the final two weeks of the session with redrawing Congressional lines, a once-a-decade mandate based on U.S. Census data.
"As I said when we recessed earlier this month, the men and women of the House worked hard to make this a productive, effective session," said House Speaker Robert Moore. "I’m proud of everything the 88th General Assembly has accomplished, from corrections reform, to developing a plan for highway funding. Even though the session’s over, we’ll still be doing all we can to meet our constituents’ needs, with the opportunity to spend even more time in our districts."
For a recap of the session’s concluded business, click here.
Voters in Arkansas weighed in late last week in a Talk Business-Hendrix College Poll which asked the public for its feedback on the legislative session. Overall, lawmakers were given poor marks for their work as only 29% approved of the job the 88th General Assembly did. You can access that polling data at this link. Two years ago, a similar Talk Busienss Poll found that 58% approved of the legislature’s job performance, while only 31% disapproved.