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Legislative Council signs off on watershed hog-farm ban

posted: 08/22/2015 3:36 a.m. Discuss

A proposed five-year ban on new medium and large hog farms in the Buffalo National River watershed cleared the Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday, after an unsuccessful bid by state Rep. Nate Bell, I-Mena, to prevent it.

Pine Bluff representative leaves Democratic Party

updated: 08/20/2015 4:05 p.m. Comments 25

State Rep. Mike Holcomb of Pine Bluff is leaving the Democratic Party and will seek re-election as a Republican.

2 lawmakers say Holcomb switching parties

posted: 08/20/2015 12:50 p.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — Two Arkansas lawmakers say Democratic state Rep. Mike Holcomb of Pine Bluff is switching parties and becoming a Republican.

5-year hog-farm ban passes legislative test

updated: 08/20/2015 4:05 a.m. Discuss

A proposed five-year ban on new medium and large hog farms in the Buffalo National River watershed cleared its second-to-last hurdle Wednesday morning when it passed through the Arkansas Legislature's Rules and Regulations Committee with only one representative objecting.

Prison beds to be added in Pine Bluff

posted: 08/19/2015 3:38 a.m. Discuss

With little fanfare, legislators on Tuesday approved a $7.4 million plan to add 200 prison beds in Pine Bluff.

'Panic button' for K-12 schools unveiled

posted: 08/11/2015 10:33 a.m. Discuss

State legislators unveiled an emergency alert button for K-12 schools, as part of the School Safety Act of 2015, during a news conference Tuesday at the Arkansas State Capitol.

'Take your legislator to school' is topic of resolution

posted: 08/10/2015 1:57 p.m. Comment 1

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas lawmakers are encouraging public school districts around the state to plan special events with their local legislators next month to promote more cooperation between educators and the General Assembly.

Taking names next in term-limit push

posted: 08/07/2015 2:33 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge certified the popular name and ballot title for a constitutional amendment that would further limit the amount of time lawmakers can serve in the General Assembly.

2 claim hotline system unfair

posted: 07/31/2015 2:21 a.m. Discuss

Two lawmakers Thursday told a legislative committee that innocent parents have been the target of child abuse investigations and that many of them lack legal counsel as they fight to clear their names.

LAY OF THE LAND HAS SHIFTED IN STATE'S LEGISLATURE: More farmers, fewer lawyers making laws

updated: 07/26/2015 4:07 a.m. Discuss

There are innumerable ways to ruin a farm.

Big batch of latest state laws in force

posted: 07/22/2015 4:16 a.m. Comment 1

A law barring local governments from enacting and enforcing their own anti-discrimination laws becomes effective today, strengthening the hand of people seeking to eliminate gay-rights statutes.

Laws to curb domestic violence take effect Wednesday

posted: 07/20/2015 12:07 p.m. Comments 4

Four laws centering on domestic violence in Arkansas that passed during this year’s regular legislative session will go into effect Wednesday.

Higher-ed panel picks leaders

posted: 07/16/2015 3:15 a.m. Discuss

State Rep. Mark Lowery -- who drafted legislation to merge the University of Central Arkansas into the Arkansas State University System before deciding against introducing it earlier this year -- will be a co-chairman of the legislative task force studying realigning the state's higher education institutions, the task force decided Wednesday.

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