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Arkansas panel backs junk-food cutoff for food-stamp recipients

posted: 01/18/2017 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

A proposal to prevent food-stamp recipients from making unhealthful choices at the grocery store gained support from a House panel Tuesday over the objections of food banks and retail grocers.

Arkansas House votes to delay implementing marijuana law

posted: 01/18/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas House of Representatives voted Tuesday to delay implementation of the voter-passed Medical Marijuana Amendment and to exempt patient requests for the drug from federal privacy laws.

After pesticide drift, Arkansas lawmakers advance dicamba restrictions

posted: 01/18/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A legislative panel on Tuesday signed off on new restrictions by the state Plant Board for dicamba-based herbicides that can be used on crops this year.

State Capitol briefs

updated: 01/18/2017 4:03 a.m. Discuss

Police-protection bill OK'd by panel

2 offer parolee measure

updated: 01/18/2017 3:59 a.m. Discuss

Using information gathered by a task force studying growth in Arkansas' prison population, lawmakers Tuesday introduced a 46-page bill proposing new methods of handling misbehaving parolees and the mentally ill.

Panel OKs bill to support disabled waiting for aid

updated: 01/18/2017 3:58 a.m. Discuss

A bill directing about $28 million a year in Medicaid funds to help people with developmental disabilities cleared a House committee on Tuesday.


posted: 01/18/2017 3:57 a.m. Discuss

The calendar of public events of the 91st General Assembly for today, the 10th day of the 2017 regular session.

Arkansas House OKs delay in launch of medical marijuana program

posted: 01/17/2017 3:01 p.m. Comments 4

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas House has approved delaying the launch of the state's medical marijuana program and legislation easing the requirements for doctors who certify a patient is eligible to use the drug.

Committee advances bill banning Arkansans from using food stamps to buy junk food

posted: 01/17/2017 12:01 p.m. Comments 16

After a state lawmaker fielded questions and criticism Tuesday regarding her plan to ban Arkansans from using food stamps to buy junk food, legislators passed the bill along to the General Assembly.

GALLERY: 100+ photos from 2017 Coon Supper

posted: 01/16/2017 8:57 a.m. Discuss

GALLERY: 100+ photos from 2017 Coon Supper

Black caucus picks Flowers as leader

posted: 01/15/2017 5:30 a.m. Discuss

Rep. Vivian Flowers, D-Pine Bluff, was elected as chairman of the Arkansas Legislative Black Caucus last week for this year and next year. She succeeds Sen. Linda Chesterfield, D-Little Rock.

Arkansas House, Senate panels to take up tax-cut bills next week

posted: 01/13/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The state House and Senate tax committees will consider bills next week for Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposed $50 million-a-year tax-rate reductions for Arkansans with less than $21,000 a year in taxable income, legislative leaders said Thursday, a day after the legislation was filed.

State Capitol briefs

updated: 01/13/2017 3:03 a.m. Discuss

Appropriations bill sent to Hutchinson






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