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AACF Weekly Legislative Update Vol. 7

HEALTH: Next week, the bill to allow local municipalities to determine the fluoride levels of their water system is expected to be presented to the Senate Public Health, Welfare, and Labor Committee.  This bill, HB1355, establishes a maximum not...

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New Bill for Working Families

A bill for the Working Families Opportunity Act (WFOA) was filed last week and, if passed, it would be the first of its kind in Arkansas and a huge step towards reducing poverty for hard working families in our...

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AACF Weekly Legislative Update Vol. 6

We’ve been sending out weekly legislative updates. You can subscribe to those here. Here’s a rundown of some of the major movements in the state legislature this week. See below for a complete list of bills we’re tracking. Follow...

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Why #BlackLivesMatter – in Arkansas too

We’ve seen the “Black Lives Matter” hashtag plastered all over social media for the past several months. But what does this actually mean?  It means that ALL lives, including Black lives, matter. It means that when our economy leaves...

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Education in the Post Lake View Era

When Keith A. Nitta, then of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, and I developed our 2008 study “Arkansas Education in the Post-Lake View Era: What Is Arkansas Doing to Close the Achievement Gap?,” Arkansas was...

Robbing Peter to pay Paul

The health and education of Arkansas children are at risk because of a new bill that would redirect billions of future state general revenue dollars that typically funds programs for children and families and put it towards highways and...

Statement on Private Option passage

Statement from Rich Huddleston, executive director of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, on the passage of the Private Option: Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF) would like to applaud the legislature for backing Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s plan...