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Arkansas lawmakers give initial OK to $5.3B state budget

updated: 05/04/2016 3:16 p.m. Comment 1

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas lawmakers have given initial approval to the state's proposed $5.3 billion budget for the coming year, along with an effort to impose new limits on how welfare benefits are spent.

POLL: Bid to rein poor now part of Arkansas bill

posted: 05/04/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 14

Legislation that would require the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services to seek a waiver from the federal government to restrict the use of financial assistance paid to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families recipients cleared the Legislature's Joint Budget Committee on Tuesday.

Funds to update campaign-gift filing sail in House

updated: 05/04/2016 3:49 a.m. Discuss

An appropriation bill to pay for upgrading the state's online campaign-finance reporting system passed the House on Tuesday and will advance to the Senate.

Capitol-zoning appeal process advances

posted: 05/04/2016 3:48 a.m. Discuss

The Legislature's Joint Budget Committee on Tuesday endorsed a proposal to allow any person aggrieved by any rule, regulation, decision or order of the Capitol Zoning District Commission to appeal to the director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

Chairs of Arkansas GOP, Democrats agree on health care plan

posted: 05/03/2016 4:03 p.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — The chairmen of Arkansas' largest political parties managed to agree on how legislators put together a Medicaid expansion plan that uses federal dollars to buy health care insurance for poorer residents.

Arkansas lawmakers advance new limits on welfare benefits

posted: 05/03/2016 1:21 p.m. Comment 1

LITTLE ROCK — A legislative committee has endorsed an effort to impose new limits on how welfare benefits are spent in Arkansas, despite criticism from Democrats and advocates who call the new restrictions unnecessary.

Budget, then can go home, legislators say

updated: 05/01/2016 4:31 a.m. Comments 2

Arkansas legislative leaders hope to pass a fiscal 2017 general-revenue budget and wrap up action in the state's fourth-ever fiscal session by the end of this week.

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.

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