• Abortion Bills To Be Introduced in Public Health Committee

    Yesterday I received a phone call and a post on my Facebook page asking why I was unavailable during the Public Health Committee Meeting yesterday to vote on HB1100 which would prevent tax payer money from being used to fund abortions in Arkansas. The measure failed to make it out of committee by one vote.

    I was unable to attend the committee meeting because I was conducting the funeral of one of my constituents, Chuck Matthews, which had been scheduled since last Thursday.  I notified the entire Health Committee via email that I would not be able to attend the meeting and that I would vote YES to prevent tax payer funds being used for abortion.  I also spoke to Rep. Wilkins personally before the meeting and I sent a text message to both Andy Mayberry and Chairman John Burris to notify them that I had to leave to conduct the funeral.

    HB1100 will be reintroduced on Thursday, along with Rep. Andy Mayberry’s HB1037, The Pain-Capable Unborn Protection Act.  Of course I will vote in support of both these pro-life measures.  I will always fight for the protection of unborn children.

    Below is an information sheet produced by the Republican House Caucus regarding HB1037.

    HB1037

    Note: I did receive a call at 3:39 from Arkansas Right to Life about this. I was in a meeting at the time, but returned the call at 4:54 and left a message on the Right to Life voicemail.

    Rep. Kim Hammer

  • January 28th Session Update

    Today’s House session was brief, but we dealt with a few bills and I wanted to give you a quick update.

    I voted yes on HR1003, a resolution to preserve the Second Amendment.  My colleagues and I are committed to defending the right to bear arms, and today’s resolution is just a way to let our constituents know of our commitment to protect your gun rights.

    Also up for vote today was HB1025 concerning an alternative system of assessments by a levee district with more than two counties.  I voted NO on HB1025 because it would have raised taxes on residents in a levee district.  There were also some technical corrections in the bill that should have been addressed.

    I voted YES on HB1013 to clear the path for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs to build a new Veteran’s home, including a change in location and capacity.  I also voted YES on HB1023 to allow county officials to streamline the delivery of certain documents making operation of county government more efficient.

    SB4 was brought to the House today, which assists community colleges in acquiring funding for capital improvements.  I voted YES to this measure, as well as SB7 which allows for the temporary licensure of spouses of active duty service members.

    All of these bills can be downloaded and read in their entirety from the House of Representatives website.  Each time I mention a bill, it will include a quick link to the bill on-line for you convenience.

    Thanks again for allowing me to serve you at the Capitol.  It’s an honor and a privilege.

    Rep. Kim Hammer

  • Rep. Hammer and Sen. Hutchinson Participate in School Shooting Simulation

    Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson and Rep. Kim Hammer recently participated in a school-based “active shooter” simulation organized by the Benton Police Department. “It was intense, enlightening and when we weren’t being shot, it was fun,” said Sen. Hutchinson.  “I learned how little I knew about school safety.”

    Law enforcement agencies in Saline County have boosted police presence at schools following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT.  Officers also continue training for active shooter situations while working with school officials to review safety policies and procedures.

  • The 89th General Assembly Begins, New Website Launches

    This week, I, along with the other members of the 89th General Assembly, was sworn in for this year’s legislative session.  I am honored to be serving the people of District 28 and look forward to the important work ahead.  We have many challenging issues to deal with and I think it will be important for you to have information about current legislation and a way to have your voice heard in the process.

    This website will serve as my “Home Base” for communicating with my constituents throughout this legislative term.  Periodically, information will be posted here and your input  will be solicited.  As discussions arise on this public forum, I ask that you keep all conversation God-honoring and civil.  While we won’t always agree on all of the issues, I think conversation is healthy and all points of view should be heard without fear of insult, name-calling or hatred.  My moderators and I won’t tolerate inappropriate comments or conversation and we reserve the right to remove offensive posts.

    Thanks again for allowing me to serve you at the Capitol. As always, if you have any questions feel free to send me an e-mail or contact me through the website.

    Rep. Kim Hammer