Governor Hutchinson Formally Announces Special Legislative Session

May 11, 2015

Gov. Asa Hutchinson in a file photo from January.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he's calling lawmakers back to the Capitol later this month to consider incentives aimed at luring a defense contract to the state.

Hutchinson on Monday announced he was calling a special session starting May 26 to consider the incentive package intended to help Lockheed Martin at its Camden facility.

This will be the first special session Hutchinson has called since taking office in January. Lawmakers last month formally adjourned an 82-day session where they approved Hutchinson's $102 million tax cut proposal and renewed the state's compromise Medicaid expansion.

In a written statement, Hutchinson said:

Job creation and economic development is the No. 1 priority for my administration, and we have a great opportunity here to create hundreds of new, good-paying jobs in Arkansas — and retain hundreds more,” Governor Hutchinson said. “If approved by the legislature, this project would not only create hundreds of jobs, but it would also put Arkansas on the map in terms of vehicle assembly and the potential for a major defense contract. Of course, any obligation to the state will be conditioned upon an actual award from the United States Army.