State Senator Jeremy Hutchinson (R-Little Rock), says it is frustrating to the Joint House/Senate Judiciary Committee for Ralph Sims to not attend the hearing.
"It's an insult to the legislature and the constituents we represent and I think it does a great disservice to the issue which is as important as we'll ever discuss, the safety of our kids," Hutchinson says.
The hearing was called to update committee members on the implementation of armed teachers on campus at the Clarksville School District and receive information from the Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies.
Clarksville superintendent David Hopkins told committee members the security plan in his district is working.
"There's definitely a need out there to continue with this program," Hopkins says.
Hutchinson says he would work to file a subpoena to compel Sims, the chairman of the private investigators board, to appear before the committee.
Reached by phone, Sims says a last minute conflict prevented him from attending the hearing.
"It was certainly not my intent to jilt the committee in anyway," Sims says.