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VIDEO: Hutchinson signs bill expanding where concealed-carry holders can bring guns in state

updated: 03/22/2017 12:03 p.m. Comments 9

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Wednesday he has signed a bill into law that expands the places concealed-carry permit holders can take their guns in Arkansas.

Hutchinson signs King/Lee holiday split

posted: 03/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 12

Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a bill into law Tuesday to split Arkansas' dual celebration of the birthdays of civil-rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Arkansas panel bats down execution curbs

posted: 03/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Ending executions in Arkansas -- or at least significantly reducing their frequency -- was debated in a House committee Tuesday, with lawmakers broadly voicing support for the death penalty.

Bill requiring Arkansans to hold 60 percent ownership in medical marijuana facilities advances

posted: 03/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

After at least two unsuccessful attempts, a bill that would require Arkansans to hold 60 percent ownership in medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation facilities cleared a Senate committee Tuesday.

Arkansas records-law bill on hold for talks

posted: 03/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Sen. Bart Hester, R-Cave Springs, said Tuesday that he's temporarily holding in committee his bill intended to shield attorney-client communications of government agencies from the state's open-records law.

State Capitol briefs

posted: 03/22/2017 3:39 a.m. Discuss

House favors plan for suicide hotline

Panel endorses Plan B for road funds

posted: 03/22/2017 3:36 a.m. Discuss

Road proponents have a Plan B for highway funding -- a bill that would earmark for highways the money Arkansas generates from state sales taxes applied to purchases made on the Internet.

FOI exemption for agency advances

posted: 03/22/2017 3:35 a.m. Discuss

A bill that would provide what state highway officials called a narrow exemption for their agency from the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act won an endorsement from a House committee Tuesday.

Calendar

posted: 03/22/2017 3:32 a.m. Discuss

The calendar of public events of the 91st General Assembly for today, the 73rd day of the 2017 regular session.

Bid to curb high-costing lending fails

posted: 03/22/2017 3:32 a.m. Discuss

The House failed to pass a bill Tuesday that would rein in high-cost lenders and it advanced a bill that would allow pawn brokers to charge loan fees above the interest rate cap set in the state constitution.

Veto of state employee-survey bill stands

posted: 03/22/2017 3:30 a.m. Discuss

The House on Tuesday failed to overturn Gov. Asa Hutchinson's first veto of this legislation session.

Senate vote favors education accounts

posted: 03/22/2017 3:29 a.m. Discuss

Legislation that would authorize a state pilot program to create education savings accounts for students cleared the Arkansas Senate on Tuesday.

PHOTOS: Arkansas Gov. Hutchinson signs Lee-King holiday separation bill into law

updated: 03/21/2017 5:18 p.m. Comments 14

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday signed into a law a bill that ends the dual commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert E. lee as part of a single-day holiday.

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