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Revamp of House panels too late for '17

posted: 11/26/2016 4:08 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas House of Representatives is reviewing its rules for selecting committee members with an eye toward making changes beyond the 2017 regular session, says House Speaker Jeremy Gillam, R-Judsonia.

Panel backs dividing up $525,000 to push intermodal transport

posted: 11/25/2016 3:31 a.m. Discuss

The Legislature should provide $525,000 a year to the state's seven regional intermodal transportation authorities, a legislative task force recommended this week.

Arkansas senator puts forth $106 million tax-cut plan

posted: 10/27/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Sen. Bart Hester, R-Cave Springs, will propose a bill in the next legislative session that would cut state income taxes and reduce general revenue by nearly $106 million a year, Hester said Wednesday.

84 Arkansas lawmakers announce opposition to medical marijuana measures; one raises alternative plan

posted: 10/24/2016 12:22 p.m. Comments 10

Faced with two ballot proposals giving Arkansas voters the choice to legalize medical marijuana next month, state Rep. Dan Douglas, R-Bentonville, said Monday it is time the legislature take steps to offer some leeway in legalizing the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

VIDEO: HBO host John Oliver condemns Arkansas representative for 2013 bill

posted: 06/07/2016 4:04 p.m. Comments 6

When John Oliver spent 20 minutes Sunday lambasting debt-buying companies on his show, "Last Week Tonight," an Arkansas lawmaker found himself briefly in the crosshairs.

Arkansas lawmaker resigning for job at Department of Human Services

posted: 06/06/2016 11:33 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — Republican state Rep. Kelley Linck has notified Gov. Asa Hutchinson that he will be resigning his elected position to take a job with the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

Governor to seek income-tax cuts

posted: 06/04/2016 2:37 a.m. Comment 1

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Friday that he plans to propose individual income-tax cuts for the Arkansas General Assembly to consider in the 2017 regular session.

Highways plan tied to earnings down the road

posted: 05/29/2016 3:51 a.m. Comments 9

The Legislature and Gov. Asa Hutchinson are relying on the state treasurer’s improved earnings on roughly $3 billion in investments to help generate more money for the state’s highway program and to help pay for a long-term reserve fund for use in economic downturns.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson signs highway funding plan into law

updated: 05/23/2016 2:55 p.m. Comments 9

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson, shortly after Arkansas lawmakers gave final approval Monday to plan to raise nearly $50 million for the state's highways in the coming fiscal year, signed the measure into law.

Highway bill now just shy of Senate OK

updated: 05/21/2016 3:23 a.m. Comments 2

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's highway-funding legislation won the endorsement of the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee on Friday, while a competing bill failed to clear the House Rules Committee.

Both houses approve Broyles Act

updated: 05/21/2016 2:54 a.m. Discuss

Prompted by the legacy of a former Arkansas Razorback football coach, the House of Representatives on Friday pushed through a bill aimed at strengthening publicity rights and making them legally transferable even after an individual's death.

State Capitol news in brief

updated: 05/21/2016 2:49 a.m. Discuss

Research closer on youth offenders A pair of bills meant to allow the release of privileged data on youth offenders to researchers passed both chambers Friday.

Government efficiency bills fly, but with grease, grumbles

updated: 05/21/2016 2:41 a.m. Discuss

The weight of the House speaker was needed to pass identical versions of a so-called government efficiency bill out of a Senate committee and through the House on Friday.

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