In the Journal: AMS Representing You at the Capitol in 2021

“We’ll be relying on your presence and your fighting spirit. This has never been as true as it will be during  the upcoming Arkansas Legislative Session,” said AMS Governmental Affairs Director Scott Smith. “At the very least, we need to hear from you, so we can speak for you.”

The Arkansas Legislature will convene on January 11, 2021. From start to finish (as much as permitted during the pandemic), Smith and his team will be at the Capitol advancing in the best way possible the efforts of physicians who work every day to care for patients.

Every legislative session comes with its challenges. As Rep. Steve Magie, MD, (Conway) said after a particularly harrowing (but successful) session in 2015, “If you’re a surgeon, this is like the worst operation you ever had. It never ends. You put out one fire, and two more pop up. From my perspective, Scott and his staff are invaluable to us at the Capitol.”

This year, the challenges seem tenfold. Aside from what has been the normal “hard,” there is the extraordinary circumstance of meeting to legislate during an ongoing pandemic.

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