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Highways plan tied to earnings down the road

posted: 05/29/2016 3:51 a.m. Comments 6

The Legislature and Gov. Asa Hutchinson are relying on the state treasurer’s improved earnings on roughly $3 billion in investments to help generate more money for the state’s highway program and to help pay for a long-term reserve fund for use in economic downturns.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson signs highway funding plan into law

updated: 05/23/2016 2:55 p.m. Comments 9

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson, shortly after Arkansas lawmakers gave final approval Monday to plan to raise nearly $50 million for the state's highways in the coming fiscal year, signed the measure into law.

Highway bill now just shy of Senate OK

updated: 05/21/2016 3:23 a.m. Comments 2

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's highway-funding legislation won the endorsement of the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee on Friday, while a competing bill failed to clear the House Rules Committee.

Both houses approve Broyles Act

updated: 05/21/2016 2:54 a.m. Discuss

Prompted by the legacy of a former Arkansas Razorback football coach, the House of Representatives on Friday pushed through a bill aimed at strengthening publicity rights and making them legally transferable even after an individual's death.

State Capitol news in brief

updated: 05/21/2016 2:49 a.m. Discuss

Research closer on youth offenders A pair of bills meant to allow the release of privileged data on youth offenders to researchers passed both chambers Friday.

Government efficiency bills fly, but with grease, grumbles

updated: 05/21/2016 2:41 a.m. Discuss

The weight of the House speaker was needed to pass identical versions of a so-called government efficiency bill out of a Senate committee and through the House on Friday.

State government efficiency provisions

updated: 05/21/2016 2:37 a.m. Discuss

Senate Bill 10 and identical House Bill 1006 state that each aims to make state government operate more efficiently and effectively.

Lawmakers OK effort to protect Medicaid plan

posted: 05/20/2016 1:10 p.m. Discuss

Arkansas lawmakers have approved a measure aimed at protecting Gov. Asa Hutchinson's use of a veto to save the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion.

Hutchinson's highway plan headed to final vote

updated: 05/20/2016 12:37 p.m. Comments 2

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's highway plan is headed toward a final vote in the Legislature, while a Senate-backed effort to limit the funding for one year appears dead.

Arkansas lawmakers pass publicity rights bill backed by Broyles family

posted: 05/20/2016 10:47 a.m. Discuss

A revised version of a publicity rights bill backed by the family of former Arkansas football coach Frank Broyles that was vetoed last year has won initial approval from the state Legislature.

Youth-offense data shared under bills

posted: 05/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The House and Senate Judiciary committees both approved bills that would allow state officials to share some data on youth offenders.

Arkansas lawmakers advance sexual-indecency law's fix

posted: 05/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 4

House and Senate Judiciary committees each approved a bill to fix the criminal statute for sexual indecency with a child.

Votes back easing security licensing

posted: 05/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Identical bills aimed at easing restrictions for security guards and other security professionals are closer to becoming law after quick votes Thursday in committee meetings.





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