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Arkansas governor asked to call extra session on 2 topics

posted: 02/17/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 5

Arkansas' House and Senate leaders on Friday asked Gov. Asa Hutchinson to call a special legislative session to take place after the ongoing fiscal session adjourns to consider bills on regulating pharmacy benefit managers and amending the law on open containers of alcoholic beverages in vehicles.

Panel OKs Arkansas Game and Fish's request to increase maximum-authorized salary of director

updated: 02/16/2018 11:01 a.m. Discuss

A legislative subcommittee on Thursday endorsed the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's request to increase the maximum-authorized salary of its director from $132,729 to $152,638 next fiscal year, although there are no immediate plans to give him a raise.

99 Arkansas House members sign up for sex-harassment course

posted: 02/16/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

All 99 current members of the Arkansas House of Representatives attended or signed up to attend a voluntary harassment-prevention training course, according to House staff members.

Arkansas panel advances proposal to add parole officers

posted: 02/16/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A proposal that would add 30 positions to the state Department of Community Correction in the coming fiscal year cleared a legislative panel Thursday over the objections of the state's budget director.

Late Arkansas House parliamentarian honored

posted: 02/16/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

House Speaker Jeremy Gillam, R-Judsonia, with the support of some of his predecessors, put forward a memorial resolution Thursday to honor late Parliamentarian Tim Massanelli.

#ARLegValentines: How punny Valentine's posts became an Arkansas politics tradition + live feed

posted: 02/14/2018 9:52 a.m. Discuss

#ARLegValentines: How punny Valentine's posts became an Arkansas politics tradition + live feed

Appropriation bill sails through House

posted: 02/14/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

House lawmakers approved a general appropriation bill Tuesday to fund the central government in fiscal 2019. The bill's passage is required to kick off the fiscal session.

Democrat predicts Medicaid support

posted: 02/14/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Democrats in Arkansas are unlikely to withhold their support for the state's private-option Medicaid expansion program despite concerns that its coverage has been "diluted," state party chairman Michael John Gray said Tuesday.

24 votes threshold for nonfiscal bills

posted: 02/14/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

It will take 24 votes, as usual, of the 35-seat Senate to consider nonspending bills during the fiscal session, a panel of rule-makers decided Tuesday, even though there are three vacancies in the upper chamber.

Gillam sets sights on 20-day session

posted: 02/14/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

House Speaker Jeremy Gillam, R-Judsonia, said he doesn't intend for the Arkansas General Assembly to meet for more than 30 calendar days during this year's fiscal session, though the House and the Senate on Monday approved a resolution that would extend the fiscal session until noon March 28.

Today's 91st General Assembly calendar

posted: 02/14/2018 1:05 a.m. Discuss

The calendar of public events of the 91st General Assembly for today, the third day of the 2018 fiscal session.

Arkansas lawmakers' proposals call for revisiting parts of expanded guns law

updated: 02/12/2018 6:47 p.m. Comments 3

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas legislators want to revisit parts of a state law that allowed concealed handguns to be carried at college campuses, government buildings and other locations by those with additional training.

VIDEO: At start of fiscal session, Arkansas governor talks of cutting top income tax rate

updated: 02/12/2018 1:31 p.m. Comments 6

Gov. Asa Hutchinson began this year's fiscal session Monday with a call to cut the state's top income tax rate from 6.9 percent to 6 percent when lawmakers meet in 2019, a proposal that would amount to the biggest slash in state revenues since the Republican took office in 2015.

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