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Conservative group welcomes governor

posted: 03/29/2015 2:44 a.m. Discuss

FAYETTEVILLE -- Gov. Asa Hutchinson received a warm welcome Saturday from a Northwest Arkansas group whose mission is to hold conservative officeholders accountable. Getting that welcome, though, required passing through a group of at least a half-dozen protesters.

Budget has $133M rise in spending

posted: 03/28/2015 2:56 a.m. Discuss

State general-revenue spending would increase by $133 million to $5.18 billion in the fiscal year starting July 1 under a proposed budget that legislative leaders released Friday afternoon.

Religious-principles bill passes in Senate

posted: 03/28/2015 2:51 a.m. Comments 5

A bill dubbed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act breezed through the Arkansas Senate on Friday over the objections of opponents who warned that it would lead to discrimination against gays and hurt efforts to attract high-tech industry to Arkansas.

Adding information act 'teeth' clears House

updated: 03/28/2015 2:43 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas lawmakers pushed through a string of tweaks to the state's criminal code on Friday, including a bill that would leave public board members out of a job, and possibly in jail, if they violate the state's Freedom of Information Act.

Bills clear House for Uber, loot at arcade

updated: 03/28/2015 2:43 a.m. Discuss

Bills to bring back adult arcades and bolster smartphone-application driving services cleared the Arkansas House of Representatives on Friday.

Senate OKs a primary date

updated: 03/28/2015 2:41 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Senate voted Friday for legislation requiring the state to hold a presidential primary election on the first Tuesday in March every four years when a president is elected.

Paid maternity leave for state employees fails in Senate panel

updated: 03/28/2015 2:41 a.m. Discuss

A bill that would grant paid maternity leave to pregnant state employees failed Friday in an Arkansas Senate committee and will go to an interim committee for further study.

Landowners' rights bill goes to Hutchinson

posted: 03/28/2015 2:35 a.m. Comment 1

With no fanfare, the Arkansas Senate on Friday sent the governor a bill aimed at protecting private property owners' rights.

Commandment bill clears panel

posted: 03/28/2015 2:34 a.m. Discuss

A bill to establish a monument of the Ten Commandments on the state Capitol grounds cleared another hurdle with a favorable committee vote by lawmakers Friday.

House committee backs bill requiring colleges to fly flags

posted: 03/28/2015 2:33 a.m. Discuss

A bill requiring Arkansas public institutions of higher learning to fly the American and Arkansas flags on their campuses passed a state legislative committee with flying colors Friday.

Senate OKs call against cross-state power line

posted: 03/28/2015 2:32 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Senate has passed a resolution opposing the construction of a power line across Arkansas to transmit wind-generated electricity from Oklahoma to Tennessee.

Sponsor pulls water-rate bill

posted: 03/28/2015 2:27 a.m. Discuss

A bill preventing municipal water systems from charging customers beyond the city limits higher rates than those paid by municipal ratepayers has been withdrawn.

Bill signed clearing path for Cotton presidential bid

posted: 03/27/2015 3:56 p.m. Comments 9

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas has cleared the way for Republican U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton to run for re-election and president in five years, even though the freshman senator hasn't expressed any interest in a White House bid.

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