LITTLE ROCK –Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin today issued the following statement after Governor Asa Hutchinson signed House Bill 1239 (HB 1239) into law:
"We must work to increase understanding of and support for Arkansans living with disabilities. I supported the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014 in Congress and support this legislation which ensures that our state has tax-free savings accounts available to assist those living with disabilities. I applaud Rep. Julie Mayberry (R-Hensley) for her leadership on this legislation.”
The ABLE Act of 2014 allows the use of tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities to cover qualified expenses related to the individual’s disability, such as health, education, housing, transportation, training, assistive technology, personal support and other related services and expenses. Individuals with ABLE accounts would also maintain eligibility for means-tested benefits programs. HB 1239 makes these savings accounts available in Arkansas.
About Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin
Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin was elected on November 4, 2014, and completed his second term as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District. For the 113th Congress, he was a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as a Deputy Whip for the Majority. In the 112th Congress, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary.
Griffin is a graduate of Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, and attended graduate school at Oxford University. He has served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 18 years, was deployed to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush. Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their two children.