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Attempt to restrict how Arkansans use welfare benefits stalls in committee

posted: 04/28/2016 4:50 p.m. Comment 1

LITTLE ROCK — An attempt in Arkansas to limit how welfare recipients can spend their benefits has stalled before a legislative panel.

Bill to aid politics' gift filing advances

posted: 04/28/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The Legislature's Joint Budget Committee on Wednesday endorsed a bill authorizing the secretary of state's office to spend up to $750,000 to improve its online system for campaign-finance reporting in the fiscal year starting July 1.

New execs for DHS get assent

updated: 04/28/2016 3:44 a.m. Discuss

The Legislature's Joint Budget Committee on Wednesday authorized the drafting of a proposal to create two new administrative positions at the state Department of Human Services.

Capitol zoning measure advances

updated: 04/28/2016 3:43 a.m. Discuss

The Capitol Zoning District Commission would be abolished and its powers, duties, property and funds transferred to the Department of Arkansas Heritage under a proposal that advanced Wednesday through the Legislature's Joint Budget Committee's Special Language Subcommittee.

Lawmakers reject attempt to boost Arkansas pre-kindergarten funding

posted: 04/27/2016 12:47 p.m. Comment 1

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas lawmakers have rejected an attempt to increase funding for the state's pre-kindergarten program, one of several initiatives that Democrats are looking to boost money for as the state's budget is finalized.

Motion to override governor on Medicaid line item fizzles

posted: 04/27/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The state Senate on Tuesday declined to consider overriding Gov. Asa Hutchinson's line-item veto of legislation that would have ended Arkansas' version of the Medicaid expansion on Dec. 31.

Bill sets $750,000 for filing upgrades

updated: 04/27/2016 3:47 a.m. Discuss

An appropriation bill filed Tuesday would pay up to $750,000 to upgrade the state's online campaign-finance reporting system.

Senator: Capitol zoning superfluous

updated: 04/27/2016 3:46 a.m. Discuss

Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, R-Little Rock, said Tuesday that he's exploring the option of phasing out funding for the state Capitol Zoning District Commission in Little Rock.

Pay raise for DHS chief clears Senate

updated: 04/27/2016 3:44 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would increase the annual salary of the state Department of Human Services director from $162,647 to $280,000 for the rest of the fiscal year ending June 30.

Counseling board floats opt-out rule

posted: 04/27/2016 3:30 a.m. Discuss

Lawmakers on Tuesday delayed acting on a proposed change to state ethics rules for counselors that would allow counselors to refer away a client to whom they have religious objections.

Partisan vote overseers a worry for House panel

posted: 04/23/2016 2:38 a.m. Discuss

State officials are looking to create procedures to take actions against county election commissioners who violate state laws that prohibit any form of partisan electioneering.

Medicaid-bill ploy on track

posted: 04/22/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 8

The Arkansas House of Representatives on Thursday narrowly approved and sent to the governor a measure that, through political and procedural maneuvers, is aimed at preserving funding for the state's Medicaid expansion. Gov. Asa Hutchinson promptly vetoed a part of the bill that would have stopped the funding.

Pay rise for execs of Guard advances

updated: 04/22/2016 2:57 a.m. Discuss

The Legislature's Joint Budget Committee on Thursday endorsed a bill that would increase the maximum-authorized salaries for Arkansas' adjutant general from $117,506 to $172,062 and the deputy adjutant general from $81,250 to $148,172.

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