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House debates edits to tort-caps proposal

posted: 02/25/2017 2:53 a.m. Comments 2

The state House had a lengthy debate Friday on dueling revisions offered for a proposed constitutional amendment that would set limits on damages awarded in civil lawsuits.

State pay plan flies through House

posted: 02/25/2017 2:38 a.m. Discuss

A bill that would overhaul the pay plan for about 25,000 state employees at a projected cost of $57 million in the coming fiscal year zipped through the Arkansas House of Representatives on Friday.

Arkansas governor opposes effort to expand campus guns bill

posted: 02/24/2017 4:52 p.m. Comments 4

LITTLE ROCK — A spokesman says Gov. Asa Hutchinson opposes an effort backed by the National Rifle Association to remove a training requirement and age restriction from legislation allowing concealed handguns at Arkansas colleges and universities.

Arkansas committee advances tweaked tort proposal

posted: 02/24/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

A proposed constitutional amendment to reduce lawsuit payouts advanced out of committee Thursday, but only after the limits were doubled.

Bills give 3 state groups records-law exemptions

posted: 02/24/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 5

A trio of bills offering new secrecy provisions for the State Capitol Police, some attorney-client relationships and Arkansas Community Correction sailed through a Senate panel Thursday.

Arkansas panel rejects online sales tax

posted: 02/24/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

For the second time in 10 days, the House tax committee declined to recommend House approval of proposed legislation that would require out-of-state companies without a physical presence in Arkansas to collect and remit taxes on their sales to Arkansans.

Arkansas Senate holds off gun vote, move to panel denied

posted: 02/24/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

The Senate on Thursday rejected a bid by Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, R-Pocahontas, to send back to a Senate committee a bill that would allow some concealed-permit holders to bring handguns onto college campuses.

Child care proposal advances

posted: 02/24/2017 3:17 a.m. Discuss

A bill that would strip a state commission of its authority to regulate child care centers cleared a House committee Thursday.

State Capitol briefs

updated: 02/24/2017 3:16 a.m. Discuss

Senators favor charter legislation

Senate passes overhaul of state pay plan

updated: 02/24/2017 3:13 a.m. Discuss

Legislation that would overhaul the state's pay plan sailed through the Senate on Thursday afternoon.

School-nurse measure fails to clear committee

posted: 02/24/2017 3:12 a.m. Discuss

The House Education Committee failed to pass a proposal to mandate that each public school campus have at least one nurse and meet a 750-1 student-to-nurse ratio.

Calendar

posted: 02/24/2017 3:11 a.m. Discuss

The calendar of public events of the 91st General Assembly for today, the 47th day of the 2017 regular session.

Arkansas cancels hearing for satanic display at Capitol

posted: 02/23/2017 6:08 p.m. Comments 8

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas officials have canceled a hearing on a satanic monument proposed near the state Capitol, saying a new law prevents them from considering the display until it's approved by the Legislature.

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