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Allen, Armstrong make case to voters in District 30 race

posted: 01/31/2016 5:58 a.m. Discuss

Former state Rep. Fred Allen is touting his legislative record and experience in both state and federal government in his bid to oust Rep. Charles Armstrong in the March 1 Democratic primary.

Legislators get higher pay in '15, less for expenses

updated: 01/31/2016 3:42 a.m. Comment 1

The total of Arkansas lawmakers' per-diem, mileage and other expense reimbursements dropped by nearly $1.6 million in 2015 from the $4.77 million total spent in 2013 -- the latest two regular-session years for the Legislature.

Board criticized for word 'fetus' in abortion rules

posted: 01/13/2016 3:38 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas State Medical Board will revisit proposed changes to a regulation governing abortion procedures after state legislators complained Tuesday about the board's decision to replace the terms "unborn human individual" and "unborn child" with the word "fetus."

Treasurer's bid to get $50,000 for legal fees placed on hold

posted: 01/13/2016 3:37 a.m. Discuss

An Arkansas legislative panel Tuesday delayed action until next month on state Treasurer Dennis Milligan's request to transfer $50,000 within the office to help cover fees for an attorney who represents Milligan and his chief of staff in a defamation lawsuit filed by a former employee.

Hutchinson: 1 session best for roads, care

posted: 01/07/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday that he prefers to hold one special session, rather than two, for the Legislature to consider changes to the state's Medicaid program and increased funding for highways.

Medicaid panel ready with proposals

updated: 12/16/2015 6:45 a.m. Discuss

A legislative task force plans to make recommendations today on changes to the state's Medicaid program, including changes to the private option and whether to hire managed-care companies to provide coverage for recipients with expensive medical needs.

Guiding care for costliest backed

updated: 11/25/2015 3:28 a.m. Discuss

A chairman of a legislative panel exploring changes to Arkansas' Medicaid program said Tuesday that he supports hiring managed-care companies to reduce the cost of services to the program's most expensive clients: the elderly, disabled and mentally ill.

Legislators asked to give final review to Medicaid expansion reform

posted: 11/24/2015 11:44 a.m. Comment 1

Members of Arkansas' Health Reform Legislative Task Force were asked to begin the final scrutiny process Tuesday for a series of independent recommendations on reforming the state's Medicaid program.

State to randomly check schools' private audits

posted: 11/06/2015 3:01 a.m. Discuss

A legislative panel Thursday approved a lawmaker's request for the Arkansas Legislative Audit to begin randomly checking the state's 40 school districts that contract with private firms to do their annual audits.

House contests start shaping up

posted: 11/01/2015 2:20 a.m. Discuss

Bill Rahn of Morgan will run as a Democrat for the seat held by Rep. Mark Lowery, R-Maumelle, Rahn said.

Sheridan resident to seek House seat

posted: 11/01/2015 2:17 a.m. Discuss

Dorothy Hall of Sheridan said she will seek the Democratic nomination for the seat now held by state Rep. Mike Holcomb of Pine Bluff.

State Net plan within 1 year, panelists vow

updated: 10/29/2015 3:05 a.m. Discuss

State lawmakers say that by October 2016, they'll have a plan to connect every home and business in the state to high-speed broadband Internet.

Arkansas panel votes to work on expanding Internet access

posted: 10/28/2015 5:06 p.m. Comment 1

LITTLE ROCK — A legislative panel has voted to issue recommendations by October 2016 for expanding high-speed Internet access around Arkansas.

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