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New Arkansas state senator has big plans for upcoming session

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"[We] got a lot of issues to look at and, hopefully, do what's best for the State of Arkansas," Hickey says. "[We] got a lot of issues to look at and, hopefully, do what's best for the State of Arkansas," Hickey says.
TEXARKANA, AR (KSLA) -

An Arkansas man will begin his role as state senator next week, and he's already got some big bills planned for the State of Arkansas.

Jimmy Hickey will be the new face representing the five southwest Arkansas counties of District 11 when the legislature convenes next week.

"It hasn't been that tough. I have been going to the capital since the day after the election and been going to the committee meetings. So, it's all coming pretty fast."

Hickey says he plans to hit the ground running, sponsoring a bill to get rid of the state law that places a stature of limitation on convicted child molestors.

"That will do two things: First of all, it will allow for the perpetrator to be tried for his offense. But also what it will do is it will get that individual off the streets so there will not be any abuse of any current children."

The idea came from an incident involving the arrest of Walter Roberts, a 62-year-old former Texarkana Little League baseball coach who later pleaded guilty in federal court to transporting a minor across state lines for sexual purposes. The abuse occurred more than 20 years ago, and state charges were not filed because the victims are over the age of 28.

"It seems like it has been a long time coming with almost a whole year of campaigning, but we got a lot of issues to look at and, hopefully, do what's best for the State of Arkansas."

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