Monday, January 12, 2009

Video: Arkansas Legislative Session Begins (UPDATE)




The Arkansas 87th General Assembly was gaveled into session today at noon at the capital. Hundreds of observers crowded into both chambers to watch the legislators take the oath of office. The chamber was filled with spouses, children, and other family members of legislators. Today was all pomp and circumstance; tomorrow Gov. Mike Beebe will deliver the state of the state address; and then after that, the real work will begin. Count on the Tolbert Report to bring all of it to you. (Special thanks to Minority Leader Rep. Bryan King for serving as today’s Tolbert Report cameraman.)

UPDATE - From Capsearch, the House releases the chairs and vice chairs of the committees. Also, Speaker Robbie Wills gets fancy with it and lists the chairs with pictures and bios on his new blog.

“A” Committees
EDUCATION
Chairperson: Bill Abernathy
Vice Chairperson: Nancy Duffy Blount

JUDICIARY
Chairperson: Steve Harrelson
Vice Chairperson: Joan Cash

PUBLIC HEALTH, WELFARE AND LABOR
Chairperson: Greg Reep
Vice Chairperson: Gene Shelby

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
Chairperson: Bill Sample
Vice Chairperson: Otis Davis

REVENUE AND TAXATION
Chairperson: John Lowery
Vice Chairperson: Frank Glidewell

“B” Committees

AGING, CHILDREN and YOUTH, LEGISLATIVE and MILITARY AFFAIRS
Chairperson: Dawn Creekmore
Vice Chairperson: Bubba Powers

AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Chairperson: Roy Ragland
Vice Chairperson: Jerry Brown

CITY, COUNTY AND LOCAL AFFAIRS
Chairperson: Tommy Baker
Vice Chairperson: Toni Bradford

INSURANCE AND COMMERCE
Chairperson: Eddie Hawkins
Vice Chairperson: Fred Allen

STATE AGENCIES AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS
Chairperson: Rick Saunders
Vice Chairperson: Eddie Cheatham

JOINT COMMITTEES

JOINT BUDGET
Chair: Bruce Maloch
Vice Chair: Kathy Webb

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
Chair: Allen Maxwell
Vice Chair: Nathan George

LEGISLATIVE JOINT AUDITING COMMITTEE
Chair: Johnny Hoyt
Vice Chair: Beverly Pyle

JOINT COMMITTEE ON ENERGY
Chair: Lance Reynolds
Vice Chair: Jim House

JOINT PERFORMANCE REVIEW
Chair: Lindsley Smith
Vice Chair: Dan Greenberg

JOINT COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC RETIREMENT AND SOCIAL SECURITY PROGRAMS
Chair: George Overbey
Vice Chair: Mark Perry

JOINT COMMITTEE ON ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Chair: Jon Woods
Vice Chair: David Rainey

Select Committees
HOUSE SELECT COMMITTEES RULES
Chair: Robert Moore
Vice Chair: Keith Ingram


HOUSE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Chair: Barry Hyde
Vice Chair: Fred Allen

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