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30-day grace vexes state's ethics panel

posted: 04/18/2015 2:46 a.m. Comments 4

Arkansas Ethics Commission members are perplexed about how to administer a new law that restricts their ability to investigate elected officials who accept gifts from lobbyists.

1-candidate election nets 110 ballots

posted: 04/16/2015 4:09 a.m. Discuss

Taxpayers spent more than $130 per vote in a special election this week in which only one candidate was on the ballot; lawmakers hope a proposed constitutional amendment will allow Arkansas to avert similar uncontested elections in future years.

Governor likes March presidential primary

updated: 04/15/2015 3:46 a.m. Comments 3

Gov. Asa Hutchinson supports legislation that would shift Arkansas' presidential primary election from May to March, and he would support such a bill in a future special session, a spokesman for Hutchinson said Tuesday.

Arkansas Legislature leads nation in 2015 anti-abortion laws

posted: 04/12/2015 10:29 a.m. Comments 6

After passing the top priority of anti-abortion groups early in the session and with one of the nation's toughest bans already tied up in the courts, Arkansas lawmakers closed out the session by passing more restrictions than any other state so far this year.

House speaker sets eye on back-to-back tenures

posted: 04/12/2015 2:59 a.m. Comment 1

The speaker of the Arkansas House is seeking a second-consecutive term in the post and, if successful, would be only the fourth person in state history to pull off such a feat.

Arkansas legislative session adjournment set for April 22

posted: 04/09/2015 4:56 p.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas lawmakers are set to return to the Capitol later this month to end this year's legislative session.

Hutchinson: Special session likely on Medicaid plan

updated: 04/09/2015 12:18 p.m. Comments 7

LITTLE ROCK — A special session will likely be needed to take up the future of Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday, warning that he doesn't want the new program to mimic what's already in place.

No urgent need for anti-discrimination order, Hutchinson says

posted: 04/09/2015 11:29 a.m. Comments 8

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he doesn't see an urgent need for an executive order extending anti-discrimination workplace protections to gay state employees after lawmakers approved a reworked religious objections bill.

Law inked for rules from Bible

posted: 04/09/2015 4:09 a.m. Comments 47

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed into law Wednesday legislation requiring the secretary of state to arrange for a privately funded Ten Commandments monument to be placed on the Capitol grounds in Little Rock, Hutchinson spokesman J.R. Davis said.

Governor inks bill trimming lottery outlays

posted: 04/09/2015 3:30 a.m. Comment 1

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed legislation Wednesday to eliminate the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's $200,000-a-year contribution to compulsive gambling treatment and education programs, increasing the amount of money available for scholarships.

Hutchinson signs bill to aid Arkansans with disabilities

posted: 04/08/2015 2:16 p.m. Comment 1

LITTLE ROCK — Families of people with disabilities will be able to set up tax-free savings accounts under a bill signed into law by Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Dismang: Process surrounding religion law not 'pretty'

updated: 04/07/2015 11:20 a.m. Comments 14

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas' Senate president said Tuesday that he didn't like the process that surrounded the last-minute revamping of a religious objections measure that initially was criticized as anti-gay, but said he was happy with the compromise version that was enacted.

Hutchinson to sign workforce legislation

posted: 04/06/2015 11:27 a.m. Comment 1

Gov. Asa Hutchinson is scheduled to sign legislation today at 12:30 p.m. overhauling the state’s workforce education programs.

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