posted: 06/25/2015 3:31 a.m.
The state Senate Insurance and Commerce Committee chairman, Jason Rapert, wants the Arkansas Legislature to convene and address problems with the state's largely unregulated levee system.
posted: 06/24/2015 4:23 a.m.
A state board Tuesday approved a basic health plan for state and public school employees that cuts in half the amount of out-of-pocket costs for those workers.
posted: 06/18/2015 3:54 a.m.
Officials blame a lack of leadership, last-minute changes from the federal government, and lackluster employee pay and benefits for delays and cost overruns in social services such as the Arkansas Medicaid and food-stamp programs.
updated: 06/17/2015 3:56 a.m.
The Northwest Arkansas Republican legislator who "re-homed" his adopted 5-year-old daughter to a man who later raped her announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election in 2016.
posted: 06/16/2015 5:04 a.m.
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from North Carolina officials seeking to revive a state law that had required doctors to perform ultrasounds, display the resulting sonograms and describe the fetuses to women seeking abortions.
updated: 06/13/2015 2:43 a.m.
The Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday signed off on the state Department of Human Services' proposed $15.4 million contract with a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm for its work on the state's health care payment overhaul.
updated: 06/12/2015 4:24 a.m.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson sent a letter to legislators Thursday outlining steps his office is taking to stem cost overruns in state contracts.
updated: 06/12/2015 4:03 a.m.
A co-chairman of the Legislature's lottery oversight committee pressed lottery Director Bishop Woosley on Thursday about his plans to improve sales and grow funds for college scholarships.
posted: 06/12/2015 2:43 a.m.
The Arkansas Department of Human Services should continue paying a Washington consulting firm for its work on the state's health care payment overhaul, but should also try to add more detail to its contract with the firm, a legislative task force recommended Thursday.
updated: 06/07/2015 4:10 a.m.
Lobbyists in Arkansas reported spending about $650,000 this spring as they lobbied Arkansas lawmakers and other state officials during this year's regular session of the General Assembly -- a decline of about $350,000 from expenses reported in the 2013 regular session.
updated: 06/07/2015 3:29 a.m.
During this year's regular session of the Arkansas Legislature, Chad Griffin, president of Human Rights Campaign, reported spending the most of the state's registered lobbyists and lobbying firms.
posted: 06/06/2015 4:17 a.m.
The Arkansas Department of Human Services improperly accounted for about $43.9 million in Medicaid funds last year, Legislative Audit staff members said Friday at a Legislative Joint Auditing Committee meeting.
posted: 06/05/2015 3:22 a.m.
A legislative panel Thursday signed off on a request by state Sen. Bill Sample, R-Hot Springs, for the Legislative Audit Division to conduct a special audit of the Arkansas Municipal League after Sample said league Executive Director Don Zimmerman is paid about $500,000 a year.