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Governor let clock run on 13 now-laws

posted: 04/23/2017 3:43 a.m. Comment 1

Gov. Asa Hutchinson let 13 bills become law without his signature during this year’s regular legislative session. The bills range from one authorizing the creation of an industrial hemp research program to another barring cities from naming airports after living elected government officials if those airports receive public funds.

Arkansas House leader not expecting online tax bill

posted: 04/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

House Speaker Jeremy Gillam said Thursday he doesn't expect Gov. Asa Hutchinson to include in his agenda for next month's special legislative session a proposal to persuade out-of-state retailers to collect taxes on their sales to Arkansans.

Arkansas legislator accepts picketing-bill veto

posted: 04/19/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Sen. Trent Garner said he won't ask the Legislature to override Gov. Asa Hutchinson's veto of the El Dorado Republican's legislation that would create the misdemeanor offense of unlawful mass picketing.

Resolution from Little Rock board urges Legislature to act on online sales tax

posted: 04/19/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Little Rock's elected officials continued their push to get state lawmakers to approve measures that would allow for online sales tax collection by passing a resolution Tuesday night.

Law hits 60,000 truckers

posted: 04/19/2017 3:43 a.m. Discuss

About 60,000 truck drivers licensed in Arkansas will be required to complete a human trafficking prevention course under legislation enacted in this year's regular session, state officials said Tuesday.

Arkansas lawmaker won't try to override mass picketing veto

posted: 04/17/2017 4:04 p.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas senator says he won't try to override the governor's veto of his bill that would've criminalized mass picketing.

For Arkansas lottery play, debit cards now an option

updated: 04/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Starting this summer, retailers selling tickets for the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery will be authorized to accept payment by debit cards, thanks to a new law that zipped through the Legislature in 23 days with little fanfare.

Arkansas legislators clarify vote flubs

posted: 04/10/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

Early in this year’s legislative session, Rep. David Hillman wanted to set the record straight on one of his votes — even though he couldn’t change what the record said.

State legislators' grades on pot measures mixed

updated: 04/09/2017 4:19 a.m. Comment 1

The man who got the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment on last year's ballot is giving the Legislature an A for not infringing on the voter-approved measure, he said.

3 laws add security-data shields

posted: 04/09/2017 4:13 a.m. Discuss

Before Arkansas lawmakers left Little Rock on Monday, they approved at least 10 amendments to the state's 50-year-old Freedom of Information Act.

Some see bills on lending fees, pawn deals as contradictory

posted: 04/09/2017 2:57 a.m. Discuss

One of the bills enacted in the recent legislative session was aimed at stopping one sort of money lender from counting fees separate from interest, but another bill that's awaiting action by the governor would formalize the practice for pawnshops.

Mass-picketing measure gets governor's veto

posted: 04/08/2017 2:46 a.m. Comments 6

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has vetoed legislation that would have created the offense of unlawful mass picketing and made it a misdemeanor crime.

School panic system bill vetoed

posted: 04/08/2017 2:39 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has vetoed legislation that would grant the state Department of Education $850,000 in spending authority to continue paying for a panic-button alert system in public schools in the fiscal year starting July 1.

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