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Lawmakers sign off on AETN's request to hire exec at top salary

updated: 06/13/2018 12:47 p.m. Discuss

A legislative panel on Tuesday signed off on the Arkansas Educational Television Network's request to hire a senior director of content at the maximum authorized salary of $112,899, after the network's director said the leading candidate for the job will be "a game changer."

Plea cites payoffs to Arkansas 'Senator A' as lobbyist admits role in bribery of lawmakers

posted: 06/08/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 12

Arkansas state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson of Little Rock accepted payoffs along with former state lawmakers Hank Wilkins of Pine Bluff and Jon Woods of Springdale from lobbyist Milton R. "Rusty" Cranford, according to Cranford's guilty plea Thursday in federal court.

Arkansas House speaker to resign, take position at UCA

posted: 06/06/2018 10:04 a.m. Comments 15

House Speaker Jeremy Gillam, R-Judsonia is resigning from the state House of Representatives, effective June 15, to start work as the University of Central Arkansas’ director of governmental affairs and external relations.

Hutchinson says he plans to ask Legislature to increase tax credit for homeowners

posted: 04/16/2018 11:51 a.m. Comments 3

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Monday he plans on asking the Legislature to increase a tax credit given to Arkansas homeowners by $25 when lawmakers meet again in 2019.

State sway in Rx claims now law; Hutchinson says ensuring fair play aim

updated: 03/16/2018 3:06 p.m. Discuss

Saying he wants to "ensure fair play in the marketplace," Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a bill Thursday authorizing the state to regulate companies that pay prescription drug claims for insurance companies.

State lawmakers send jury-waiver bill to governor

posted: 03/16/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

The most contested bill of an otherwise easygoing special session cleared its final hurdle Thursday, as the House voted to affirm the legality of jury-trial waivers written into lending contracts.

Consecutive sessions not governor's plan

posted: 03/16/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The three-day special session that ended Thursday was sought by legislative leaders to keep policy issues from diverting the attention of lawmakers in the fiscal session that immediately preceded it.

529-plan expansion sent to Hutchinson

updated: 03/16/2018 3:48 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas House and Senate voted Thursday to send Gov. Asa Hutchinson bills that would extend tax breaks to money from 529 college savings plans used for tuition at private elementary and secondary schools.

House, Senate OK raft of legislation

posted: 03/16/2018 2:48 a.m. Discuss

The House and Senate approved other bills Thursday, including:

Arkansas lawmakers wrap up special session

updated: 03/15/2018 4:46 p.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas lawmakers have wrapped up this week's special session after approving several measures on pharmacies, highway funding and college savings.

Arkansas governor signs bill allowing regulation of Rx service

posted: 03/15/2018 12:26 p.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a bill Thursday authorizing the state to license and regulate companies that pay prescription drug claims for insurance companies.

VIDEO: Hutchinson wants to reorganize state government, have fewer agencies

updated: 03/15/2018 11:55 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday announced a plan to reduce the number of state agencies that report to his office by more than half.

Plan to regulate Rx service in Arkansas clears chambers

posted: 03/15/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A proposal to regulate companies that process prescription drug claims is headed for a pair of final legislative votes today after identical bills on the issue cleared the state House and Senate by overwhelming margins Wednesday.

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