The 92nd Arkansas General Assembly officially wrapped up Wednesday and many historical steps were taken.
During the 87 days of the session, more than a thousand new laws were passed. Governor Asa Hutchinson did not issue any vetoes.
We caught up with Governor Hutchinson while he was in Northwest Arkansas Thursday. He says he is excited about the work that was done this year.
He says some of the most exciting new laws include lowering taxes with the 5.9 plan, raising teacher pay across the state to a minimum of $36,000, and creating the $300 million highway plan for the state.
Other notable legislation, multiple laws were passed restricting abortion in the state and the anti-sanctuary cities law.
While he says this was one of the greatest sessions of all time, he is already looking ahead to the work he’s planning for the next session.
“When you look at the future and what was left off the table, we still need to come back and do something about the challenge for our young people that are vaping and it’s so accessible. We didn’t complete the work on that in this session so there’s always more work to be done,” says Hutchinson.
Hutchinson says they are also heavily engaged in transforming state government to make it more efficient for the next legislative session.