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To call for levee fix, governor says whoa

posted: 06/25/2015 3:31 a.m. Discuss

The state Senate Insurance and Commerce Committee chairman, Jason Rapert, wants the Arkansas Legislature to convene and address problems with the state's largely unregulated levee system.

State, school workers' basic health plan OK'd

posted: 06/24/2015 4:23 a.m. Discuss

A state board Tuesday approved a basic health plan for state and public school employees that cuts in half the amount of out-of-pocket costs for those workers.

Legislators grill DHS, contractors on failures

posted: 06/18/2015 3:54 a.m. Discuss

Officials blame a lack of leadership, last-minute changes from the federal government, and lackluster employee pay and benefits for delays and cost overruns in social services such as the Arkansas Medicaid and food-stamp programs.

This term to be last, says re-homing lawmaker Harris

updated: 06/17/2015 3:56 a.m. Comments 3

The Northwest Arkansas Republican legislator who "re-homed" his adopted 5-year-old daughter to a man who later raped her announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election in 2016.

N.C. abortion-law appeal rejected

posted: 06/16/2015 5:04 a.m. Discuss

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from North Carolina officials seeking to revive a state law that had required doctors to perform ultrasounds, display the resulting sonograms and describe the fetuses to women seeking abortions.

DHS contract for health-pay adviser OK'd

updated: 06/13/2015 2:43 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday signed off on the state Department of Human Services' proposed $15.4 million contract with a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm for its work on the state's health care payment overhaul.

Hutchinson promises state contract scrutiny

updated: 06/12/2015 4:24 a.m. Comment 1

Gov. Asa Hutchinson sent a letter to legislators Thursday outlining steps his office is taking to stem cost overruns in state contracts.

Lawmaker questions lottery boss

updated: 06/12/2015 4:03 a.m. Discuss

A co-chairman of the Legislature's lottery oversight committee pressed lottery Director Bishop Woosley on Thursday about his plans to improve sales and grow funds for college scholarships.

Panel: Keep health-pay adviser

posted: 06/12/2015 2:43 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Department of Human Services should continue paying a Washington consulting firm for its work on the state's health care payment overhaul, but should also try to add more detail to its contract with the firm, a legislative task force recommended Thursday.

Lobbyists list spending $650,000 in '15 session

updated: 06/07/2015 4:10 a.m. Discuss

Lobbyists in Arkansas reported spending about $650,000 this spring as they lobbied Arkansas lawmakers and other state officials during this year's regular session of the General Assembly -- a decline of about $350,000 from expenses reported in the 2013 regular session.

Of '15 lobby spending, rights group topped list

updated: 06/07/2015 3:29 a.m. Discuss

During this year's regular session of the Arkansas Legislature, Chad Griffin, president of Human Rights Campaign, reported spending the most of the state's registered lobbyists and lobbying firms.

State hazy on $43.9M of Medicaid

posted: 06/06/2015 4:17 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Department of Human Services improperly accounted for about $43.9 million in Medicaid funds last year, Legislative Audit staff members said Friday at a Legislative Joint Auditing Committee meeting.

Municipal League to be audited

posted: 06/05/2015 3:22 a.m. Comment 1

A legislative panel Thursday signed off on a request by state Sen. Bill Sample, R-Hot Springs, for the Legislative Audit Division to conduct a special audit of the Arkansas Municipal League after Sample said league Executive Director Don Zimmerman is paid about $500,000 a year.

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