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Arkansas lawmakers OK raising hazard pay at 4 prisons

posted: 08/15/2017 12:26 p.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas lawmakers have given initial approval to raising hazard pay for hundreds of officers and employees at four state prisons.

Slew of new state laws set to kick in this week

updated: 07/31/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

The state highway agency gets a new name, distressed schools will get a different kind of help and drug offenders can begin signing up for public benefits Tuesday, when roughly 700 laws passed during this year's legislative session go into effect.

5 laws create new criminal offenses in Arkansas

posted: 07/30/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

Arkansans caught riding shotgun with an open container of alcohol will find themselves subject to arrest and possibly 30 days in the county jail starting Tuesday, when a host of new criminal codes go into effect.

New laws free up candy, speed limit, fantasy sports

updated: 07/30/2017 3:36 a.m. Discuss

Beginning Tuesday, Arkansans will have the freedom to import alcohol-infused, chocolate-covered cherries as they see fit.

2 firms submit bids to analyze tax code

posted: 07/11/2017 3:02 a.m. Discuss

The Legislature's tax-overhaul task force received two proposals by Monday's deadline from consultants seeking to assist the group, the director of the Bureau of Legislative Research said Monday.

Arkansas legislators approve bathroom-bill study

posted: 06/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 8

Legislation to restrict how transgender people use public restrooms quietly stalled toward the end of this year's regular legislative session, only to reappear Wednesday.

Legislator urges caution on tax code, exemptions

posted: 06/22/2017 3:24 a.m. Discuss

State lawmakers need to be careful in their discussions about overhauling Arkansas' tax code because talk about axing certain exceptions -- such as Texarkana's state income-tax exemption -- could have negative economic repercussions, Sen. Jimmy Hickey, R-Texarkana, told fellow lawmakers Wednesday.

Arkansas panel votes to study bill limiting which restrooms transgender people can use

posted: 06/21/2017 12:45 p.m. Comments 7

LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas Senate panel has voted to study a bill limiting which restrooms transgender people can use that had stalled in this year's legislative session after facing opposition from the state's Republican governor, tourism groups and supporters of rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Panel to study licensing rules for child care; 5-year-old’s death in hot van spurs plan for July meeting

posted: 06/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A legislative committee will review existing rules and regulations for child care licensing after the death of a child at a facility overseen by a state lawmaker.

U.S., state laws draw no-guns circles at UALR

updated: 06/19/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 6

When a state law allowing guns on Arkansas college campuses goes into effect later this year, most of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock will be exempt because of a high school moving in, according to the charter school's chief executive.

State legislators' files sought

updated: 06/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 5

Lawmakers have approved a request to allow the Bureau of Legislative Research to hire outside counsel to deal with requests from unnamed federal investigators who want access to lawmakers' records.

Arkansas panel backs requests for rainy-day funds

posted: 06/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A legislative panel on Wednesday approved Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposals to provide $6.4 million in rainy-day funds to several agencies, ranging from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Arkansas treasurer gains support for plan to pay legal fees

posted: 06/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

A legislative panel on Wednesday cleared the way for state Treasurer Dennis Milligan's plan to shift $185,000 within his office's budget to cover current and anticipated legal fees.

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