State Representative John Vines proudly announces his intention to seek reelection to the seat representing District 25, which encompasses parts of Hot Springs and eastern Garland County. In the House, Vines presently serves on the Judiciary Committee, State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee, Rules, and Arkansas Code Revision Commission. He is an alternate on Legislative Audit and the Joint Budget Committee. He is a non-voting member of the Insurance and Commerce Committee.
In the regular session, Rep. Vines filed and helped pass numerous pieces of legislation. He was a supporter of various tax cuts that resulted in savings to the state and a reduction of the state budget of approximately $35 million dollars. He was lead sponsor of HB 1354 (Act 185) that clarified requirements for amending restrictive covenants, HB 1388 (Act 145) that prohibits certain transfer fee covenants in real estate transactions, HB 1420 (Act 193) that allowed grandparents to accompany their grandchildren to obtain identification cards, and HB 2033 (Act 1050) that amended the Telecommunications Regulatory Reform Act of 1997 to prohibits the usage of federal stimulus funds to compete in the private sector. He was the House sponsor of SB 423 (Act 751) that banned and created criminal sanction for the usage and possession of synthetic substances such as K2 and SB 400 (Act 276) that restricted the use of a county-wide sales and use tax to retire capital improvement bonds. SB 400, sponsored by Senator Bill Sample, helped pave the way for the special election last fall that will allow Garland County to build and maintain its future county jail expansion.
Rep. Vines worked hard in the regular session of 88th General Assembly to cross party lines and promote and pass good legislation. “I am more interested in good ideas that reflect the common sense values that we have here in Garland County than I am simply voting a party line, said Vines. “I always try to vote on the issue presented and do what is right for Hot Springs and Garland County, regardless of which party proposed it, “ he continued.
Rep. Vines believes there is work left undone and seeks to continue his pursuit of crafting and passing legislation that helps our economy and works to provide the structure for the creation of job opportunities that benefit all Arkansans. “We need more Arkansas values in Little Rock and less of the turmoil and strife that occurs in Washington, DC.” “We have serious issues on our plate and we need leaders in Little Rock that can get things done.” “I work daily with House and Senate members of both parties to work to find solutions that benefit all of Hot Springs, Garland County, and the State of Arkansas.” “It’s been an honor to serve the citizens of Hot Springs and Garland County, but there is work to be done – from widening Highway 70 to Interstate 30, to working with our school districts, to making sure the rehabilitation center maintains its focus and funding. I look forward to continuing in my representation to achieve and complete those tasks. “
During his first term, Vines was honored by Arkansas Business as a member their 2011 40 Under 40, by the Arkansas Municipal League with their Distinguished Legislator Award, and by the Arkansas Judicial Council, recognizing outstanding service on behalf of and for the improvement of the state judicial system.
Vines is an attorney with Wood, Smith, Schnipper, Clay & Vines, and is active in numerous civic and community organizations including the Hot Springs National Park Rotary Club, the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce, the National Park Community College Foundation, the Oaklawn Foundation, the Hot Springs Boys and Girls Club and others. He is married to life-long Hot Springs resident, Libby Vines, Senior Vice President of Bancorp South. They are the proud parents of Reese Catherine, a kindergartener at Lakeside Primary School, and Ellie Justice, who attends St. Luke’s. They are active members of First United Methodist Church.