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Rep. John Baine Rep. John Baine (D, Dist. 7)


Rep. John Baine will serve his sec- ond term in the House during the 90th General Assembly. Born and raised in El Dorado, he represents District 7, which includes portions of Union, Ouachita and Calhoun counties.


1. What position did you hold in county government, and what years did you serve? I served as a Justice of the Peace on the Union County Quorum Court for six terms from 2001-2012.


2. How did your county experience influence your service to the state? My 12 years as a county legislator gave me a perspective on local issues. Our actions do have consequences at both the county and state levels. My time in county government gave me the background to be effective in state government. It gave me the tools to better handle government budgeting and to handle the issues our people feel passionately about.


3. What legislation are you most


proud of? Tere are several including requiring the State Parole Board to revoke those arrested for violent crimes and sexual abuse; a new law that makes it easier to in- vestigate unethical behavior in the judicial branch; and I was honored to carry Erin’s Law that created a task force to identify evidence-based age-appropriate education options for children and the parents of children to prevent child sexual abuse.


4. What issues will you focus on go- ing into the 90th session of the Gen- eral Assembly? Te Private Option will once again take a prominent role as we


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continue to find more ways to innovate the cost saving program and support our rural hospitals. Do we have the funding to build a new corrections facility to alle- viate the county jail overcrowding? What should be the per diem rate to house state inmates in county facilities? Also making sure that counties are reimbursed over a reasonable amount of time is also top of mind for many legislators for the upcom- ing regular session. Te competition for funds will be daunting for many with calls for tax cuts as well. I will carry several bills that apply to local law enforcement, county govern- ment, updates to Erin’s Law, and work to make sure that we are doing everything to enable the private sector to bring job opportunities to the district.


Rep. Joe Farrer (R, Dist. 44)


Rep. Joe Farrer will serve his second term in the Arkansas House, representing District 44, which includes portions of Lonoke, White and Faulkner counties.


1. What position did you hold in county government, and what years did you serve? I served on the Lonoke County Quorum Court as Justice of the Peace, District 1 for two years.


2. How did your county experience influence your service to the state? Serving as JP was my first experience in politics. It helped me see how the process works — the meetings, how committees work, writing ordinances and working with other government departments.


3. What legislation are you most


proud of? I’m proud of a tax cut for all volunteer fire firefighters for personal


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property damaged in the line of duty and any money spent on equipment bought to perform those duties.


4. What issues will you focus on go- ing into the 90th session of the General Assembly? I will continue to work on Arkansas’ health care. I also have a tax cut proposal that I’m working on.


Rep. Mike Holcomb (D, Dist. 10) Rep. Mike Holcomb, who lives in Pine


Bluff, is serving his second term in the Arkansas House, representing District 10, which includes portions of Lincoln, Cleve- land, Grant, Drew and Jefferson counties.


1. What position did you hold in county government, and what years did you serve? Two terms, Jefferson County Quorum Court, 2003-2006; three terms, Jefferson County Judge, 2007-2012.


2. How did your county experience influence your service to the state? It was a great advantage to have served as county judge. I understood the fund- ing process of state government, being familiar with state aid programs, ADEQ, DHS, DYS, highway projects cost and procedure, county and municipal fund- ing, tax collections, jail overcrowding, unfunded mandates, juvenile court and detention. As you well know, I could go on and on.


3. What legislation are you most


proud of? Tere were a number of ac- complishments in the 89th General I was proud of — funding for the first super


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