The Arkansas House and Senate convened briefly at noon today for sine die adjournment of this year’s legislative session.

This means it cannot meet again unless called into special session. The likelihood seems high given the uncertainties and vagaries of the coronavirus crisis.

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The House again met, well-spaced, in the Jack Stephens Center at UA Little Rock. The Senate spread apart in the Senate chamber by using the galleries. The public was not allowed in the Capitol or the Stephens Center, only staff and a few media members,

RE-ELECTED: Speaker Matthew Shepherd

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The House caucused after adjournment to select a Speaker-designate for the regular legislative session in 2021. Current Speaker Matthew Shepherd (R-El Dorado) had no announced opposition for another term as speaker.