Congressman Tim Griffin made a surprise announcement Monday that he will not seek a third term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The Republican from Arkansas’ 2nd district says he wants to spend more time with his family.
“It’s something that my wife and I have been talking about, praying about, for the last five, six, seven months and decided to finish my second term of course, but to not seek a third term,” Griffin said in an interview with KUAR.
He wants to spend more time with wife and children, Griffin said.
Arkansas lawmakers have given final approval to a package of bills aimed at reducing health insurance rate increases for thousands of teachers next year and laying groundwork to overhaul that insurance program.
The House and Senate approved the bills shortly after midnight, wrapping up a marathon special session that began Thursday afternoon to address the premium increases. The measures now head to Governor Mike Beebe, who plans to sign them into law as soon as Monday.
Members of the Arkansas Legislature are on the verge of wrapping up a special session to avoid rising insurance premiums for public school employees. Lawmakers are to return at 12:01 am Saturday to give a final approval to a number of bills. Arkansas Law forbids the House and Senate from voting on identical bills on the same day.
The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation is honoring six inductees in its 21st annual ceremony.
The event will be held at the State House Convention Center Saturday with over 900 people are expected to attend.
Inductees included a professional athlete, recording artist, and engineer.
Chairman of the foundation, Charles Stewart says donations and proceeds go to other non profits in Arkansas, "working to improve education, youth development, health and wellness in black and other underserved communities."
A plan to allow Arkansas to retain excess property tax revenue from a handful of school districts has stalled before a House panel. Supporters say the move effectively kills the proposal for this week's special session.
The House Education Committee rejected an effort Friday to bring the proposal up for a vote after it was tabled earlier in the day.
The Senate sponsor of an identical bill said he wouldn't bring it before that chamber due to the House objections.
Authorities say a Harding University graduate student was killed after she was struck by a patrol car driven by a White County sheriff's deputy.
The White County Sheriff's Office says 24-year-old Courtney Book was riding her bicycle Thursday night when she was struck by a patrol car driven by Lt. Brandon Grimes. A spokesman for Harding says Book was a graduate student in the college of education.
The Daily Citizen reports Book had been a Harding student since 2008, earning an undergraduate degree in history in 2012.